December is so much a jumble . . . of activities and to-do lists and time-crunching. Sometimes it just feels like too much, y'know?
And, really, my Decembers these days . . . are nothing like they were when my kids were still at home! First, there were those hyped-up, magical years when my kids were so very excited about Santa and what was going on in his workshop at the North Pole. And, later, when my calendar exploded with concerts and recitals and Winter Formals and hockey games? My, oh my. I've got nothing to complain about now!
In fact, my December would actually be pretty low key these days. Except for one thing. Tom and I throw big Solstice parties in June and December. So we've got one coming up again next week. Big party. Big guest list. Big preparations. Big fun. And . . . Big stress!
This weekend, though, I ran into a quote that made me just kind of . . . step back and reassess.
"As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth the aggravation and people to whom we are worth the same."
--- Donald Westlake
I have no idea who you are, Donald Westlake, but your words just made me re-think everything! Yes. This December stuff is ridiculous and a hassle and sometimes it even wakes me up in the middle of the night. But . . . aren't I the luckiest person in the world . . . to have people in my life who are WORTH every darn aggravation?
The answer is YES. Yes, I am.
And from this moment on, I'm going to focus on that . . . the WHY of it!