While many of you have decking your halls and shopping at malls I have been pondering the thought of resilience. I sit here beside a half decorated tree in a house adorned with a bit of outdoor garland and somehow this year it seems enough. Due to circumstances beyond my control I have been pushed beyond my physical and emotional limits in recent weeks. I am awed by the design of the human mind, body, emotions, and spirit and its resilience.
The fact that after deformation that any of these can return to their original shape after being pushed to or beyond their limit amazes me. I found myself bone tired and weary at each days end last week and yet during the night my body regenerated itself and the next day I was able to carry on with resilience, buoyant from the act of sleep.
Heart wrenching circumstances sent me into a flurry of worry that churned up my thoughts and emotions and yet after a time of meditation and prayer a quiet calm reigned over both, resilience, buoyant from the act of acceptance and surrender, peace and calm restored.
My flagging spirit felt crushed under the weight of the responsibility that was thrust upon me so suddenly making this the most challenging holiday season I have ever known and strange as it seems it might be the best one I might ever remember in years to come, resilience, buoyant from the act of rising to meet an unexpected challenge.
Tears, fears, laughter, and thanks have filled my heart and head this holiday season, tacked on is a silent prayer of gratitude. In the kitchen a candle burns and a kettle simmers. Sweet spice scents of cinnamon and cloves linger in the air along with the rich aroma of resilience. I dart a glance around at my minimalist Christmas decor and think of everyone so wrapped up in the holiday hubbub, stretching themselves and their purse strings to the limit and beyond, and whisper another kind of prayer of resilience for them...one where joys fills hearts, happiness reigns in emotion, peace fills the mind, and uplift is the posture of the spirit. May this be the most memorable, blessed holiday season for you all!
P.S. Due to unforeseen circumstances I will be on an extended blog break until after the first of the year. May your Christmas be filled with all that is merry and bright and your New Year be filled with delight!