Saturday, December 01, 2007
Tis the season...to do less
Along with family, friends, time off, and a relentless sense that all is supposed to be merry - there is a lot of seasonal stress. Financial stress, expectations stress, family-dynamics stress, throat-tightening memories stress, pleasing-others stress and so on...
Maybe there's also blogger stress. So many friends' blogs to visit. So many posts to put up... and so little time. It becomes one more brick on the load.
My message to each of you for December 2007. Give yourself permission to do less. Blog if you wish - but take a break if you'd like. Visit my blog if you can - see you in January if that works better for you.
Apropos to not much (although Christmas is supposed to be connected to the big guy), here's a quote that I like.
"If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever." - W. Allen
I don't think God is an underacheiver, He's just a hands-off kind of owner, most of the time.
Thank you for your message/gift - I'll try.
My philosophy is just to go with the flow. Work is stressful enough, I don't need to add more stress to my life. Christmas used to be fun. We would get a tree a few days before Christmas, put it up, cook a turkey, open gifts, visit friends, have friends visit.
Now the Christmas season begins a few days before Halloween, and the stress mounts. I have friends who are already putting up their trees, for goodness sake. That's completely ridiculous!
Oh well, I'll do what I usually do. Take a day or so to 'get it over with' and get things for the near and dear. Those not so near but still very dear, I'll renew whatever subscription I gave them. That such a more useful present they can enjoy the whole year!
i just heard naomi wolf on 'democracy now' and she has always been such an incredible inspiration to me - you might want to check out the link http://www.americanfreedomcampaign.org/
I find that with the first big snow (happening right now for me) i get very contemplative and attempt to go outside of my world - i guess the holidays allow me to reflect and go global with my energy. that can only happen when i give myself permission to do less.
(i have been off work for a month though so we will see what happens tomorrow morning when i head back to the office!)
Lots of times we see something we might want to do, and then do a reality check if we have the energy to carry it on when the time comes.
The rampant consumerism that has overshadowed the solstice season peaked for me a while ago.
I'd really rather have a nice get together with hot cider & friends, than some stress filled gift giving nightmare obligation.
that would be like putting a moose in my car...just silly..
slow down folks ..
bake some cookies
Amen back Princess Pointful.
Miss Cellania - nice to see you again , it's been a while and your blog is as humourous as ever.
Beth and Vee - enjoy your downtime if you get some.
Scarlet - you crack me up.
Zee, love the verse and yes, we're in tune brother.
Josie - you seem to stay cool most of the time.
Ingrid, it's the household renos causing any stress you feel!
Dana, thanks for the tip, I'll check Naomi out.
Fran, thanks for dropping by. I really enjoyed visiting your blog.
Cynnie, I'd like to see a moose in your car! But don't let him drive and don't ever give a moose a drink. Those antlers are hell enough when he's sober.
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