Keeping the Spirit


Country Moon 

It’s a new year and, like every year, we make resolutions or promises to ourselves. Also, like every year, we will break those promises. So, why do we do it over and over? Underneath our outer layer, at our very core, we all have good intentions of doing good to ourselves and others but we are human and are flawed…bottom line.

Perhaps one of the reasons that I love the Christmas season so much is the merriment. Yes, we are all stressed, with so much more that we feel we have to do on top of all the normal stuff. But the magic, you can feel it in the air wherever you go; people are friendlier, they smile more, they take that extra second to be kind. Just the other day I was in line behind a gentleman in Meijer’s. After he had finished his transaction, he stayed a moment and was silent and then he sincerely looked at the cashier and said “Merry Christmas” and you could tell he meant it from the heart, it wasn’t just an afterthought.

Even though, I admit, I was a little impatient with him at first, thinking he had a problem that would detain me and the other five people in line behind me for a few more minutes, I learned something in that moment: An extra minute here and there will not completely throw my daily schedule off and it may actually enrich my life and help make me a better person.

With that thought in mind (and I say this every year), I really want to try to keep the Christmas spirit alive all year. This year my resolutions will reflect this decision.

First of all, why are we always in such a hurry? It seems like we have to rush here, only to rush from there to somewhere else and on and on. How many people do you know that can’t finish their phone conversation with you because they have another call. They probably don’t finish that conversation either because there is another call waiting. So, why is the second person more important than the first and the third more important than the second? I know that I will break this, but I am really going to try to slow down, make every minute count and not always rush through life, except for planting and harvest, that is just a given!

12/29/2017 8:57:34 AM

Lois, great post about the lifestyle that most live. I'm not sure how it happened but the time people spend with meaningful conversations has dwindled over the years. I still have some friends that will spend time talking and giving me inspiration and encouragement. I have found that those friends are very special in this world of fast every thing. Conversations have been reduced to 240 characters (twitter). Self worth is gauged by how my likes we get on social media. Being almost nine years into retirement hasn't changed the demands on my time. The world whirls at a deadly pace and grabs anyone who doesn't intentionally break the connections. I hope and pray that you and I can follow through with the slowing down of our lifestyle and enjoy it more. That's my plan as well. ***** Have a great New Year resolution day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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