It's been almost two weeks since I posted. Honestly, I just haven't wanted to write. Don't take it personally.....it's just been a challenging time. Of course, there have been all the Christmas duties: shopping, wrapping, decorating. And we've had some upsets along the way, personally and as a nation.
On the personal side, we lost a wonderful couple in our family; the wife passed unexpectedly in early Fall, her soul mate last week. Our consolation is that they are together again. Their passing has hit the family hard, but we will hang together and help each other through it.
And, of course, the tragedy in Connecticut has affected the country as a whole. I don't know what the answers are, but I don't think we should take rash action. Situations such as these are complicated; there is no one, single solution. My part will be to pray for all involved, including Adam Lanza.
Then there's the looming apocalypse. Two more days! Are you ready? Like Y2K, I'm doubtful that anything will happen, but we will be prepared, nonetheless. There does seem to be an energy in the air....unsettled, but anticipatory.
So, given all of the ups and downs, the comings and goings, my plan for the holiday is to simply enjoy it. If nothing else, the cliche "Life is short" comes to mind. And, at the ripe old age of 55, life gets shorter all the time! I won't live in fear of some impending loss or catastrophe, but I do want to spend time with those I love and hold them close.
Cliche or not, life is short, and you don't know what's coming around the bend. Don't put off those words of love, or that apology. Don't wait until "next week" to make that call or visit. Live your life today, in this moment, and enjoy it completely. Don't hold back! Don't scrimp with your time, talent or treasure! Share your heart and your love -- not just with those you love, but with everyone. It's the best gift you can give -- to them, and to yourself.
Have you been derailed this holiday season? If so, are you back on track?
Have you been there?