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Day 104: I’m Ready to Read Again

In Blogging, Books, Christmas, Holidays, Reading, Writing on December 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

blowing-leavesYesterday was a wonderful day.

As I emerged from my drab office building, I was overcome with the power of the wind. I didn’t notice it at first, I must have been caught up in a thought but as I glanced out the corner of my window the leaves swirled. Then, driving out of the parking lot, I felt my car gently shake and a loud clunk—obviously an acorn had struck me side on. Then I knew the wind was blowing, hard.

It’s those gentle reminders, whether they’re nature’s acorn or self-induced subtle incidents—like the time I put the toothpaste in the refrigerator—that wake you up. As we enter the holiday season, it’s important to think about the concept of thankfulness. This year I have a lot to be thankful for, as I have every year. I, however, like many others, at times, get off track. I get caught up in those swirling leaves, swooshing around, busily, allowing everything around me to become a blur. Then an acorn hits me on the head and I STOP.

This pause is probably what inspired this very blog post, it’s what woke me up to the simple pleasures in my life. In that moment yesterday, I remembered how much I love writing. How much I’ve missed it, how long it has been since I’ve blogged. Then I got to thinking about another thing that I love…reading. As I’ve spent the better part of the last eight years working on degrees in English, my studies have dulled my love for reading—almost scarily. I found myself in recent months with no desire to ever read again. What a scary thought, a life without books—my books have taken me on so many inspiring journeys, inspired so many wonderful conversations with random strangers, and led to so many new ways of ‘seeing.’

The other day I felt a spark as I walked through Barnes of Noble, I saw Gladwell’s new book—David and Goliath—and I almost bought it. Then today I realized how much I miss my books. How ready I am to have them back in my life, which also made me realize the greatness of

pauses

“A temporary stop in action”

Pauses as I see it are great in two different, but equally important, ways.

They allow us a cessation of any given activity chosen to pause, therefore provoking an even deeper love for that thing once it is resumed; and,

They offer us a moment to stop the chaos (noted above) and reflect, recharge, and realign.

Although pauses can be hard sometimes, we can be left missing the thing that so commonly decorates our life, they allow us to also see the real value of that thing. Sometimes, too, they allow us to place it more appropriately within our existence. I can’t wait to read

Schroder
Bough Down
Meaty
Her
David and Goliath
Falling to Earth
I Want to Show You More

Please pause this holiday season.

Happy Christmas!

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Day 74: R.A.C.K, Do it.

In Blogging, Children, Christmas, Friendship, Happiness, life, Love, R.A.C.K, Random Acts of Kindness on December 11, 2012 at 5:06 am

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Throughout many holiday seasons, growing up, my mom would elicit the entire family to participate in the 12 days of Christmas.  Essentially, we would decide collectively to give up certain Christmas gifts, have a smaller Christmas, and instead, provide a family in need with a much deserved Christmas that year.  It was always fun to work together to decide what we were going to do for the chosen family and how we could best suit their needs.

I remember one year in particular, I was a freshman in high school, and being a cheerleader I knew many of the high school football players.  There was one in particular whose young sister was very sick with a rare and terminal disease.  The family had spent countless dollars on the young girl’s medical bills and this was surely her last Christmas with them.  I had grown very close to this boy, who had shared with me the stress and mounting grief within his family, so I decided to nominate them for our annual 12 days of Christmas.  What this meant, was that every day (the twelve days preceding Christmas) our family would provide a numbered item anonymously on the family’s doorstep.  We would then leave a note stating, “On the seventh day of Christmas your secret Santa gave to you…seven gift cards.” This all led up to the final evening wherein we would leave one BIG gift still anonymously.  However, this year we decided to dress Dad up in a Santa suit and show up at their house with their entire Christmas ready to set up.  This family had nothing, no tree, no lights, and no gifts.  I can still remember the look on their faces when we helped set up that tree and placed all the gifts underneath it–priceless.  I’d say it’s probably one of the most profound Christmas memories I have.

Having said all this, today I ran across this link at Pillow Talk and it brought all those old memories flooding back.  I have oftentimes wanted to do the twelve days again, but it can get very costly and being a single mom it just hasn’t felt feasible yet.  But, this version is something anyone can do and it brings joy to my heart to think of the lives it has the ability to impact in the small ways that mean so much.  I’d love to hear anymore ideas you readers have for ways to R.A.C.K. 

Let’s all be reminded throughout this holiday season that it’s the little things that mean the most.  It’s so easy to get caught up in our own wants and forget about those that may not have the means to make Christmas special for their kids or themselves.

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

a christmas whit.

Christmas Decorations: Day 73

In Christmas, Friends, Friendship, Happiness, Home Decor, life, Love, Thoughts on November 30, 2012 at 5:37 am

It’s been a long time since I’ve logged on.  I suppose there has been a reason for that, and a lot of good has happened in my life.

We put up the Christmas decorations this weekend, and I still stand in awe of it all.  I love the holiday, but what really surprises me is the life that is emerging amidst all of those decorations.  They represent something for me.

I remember a few years  back when I sat wondering what I would adorn the walls with, and how I would possibly drag in and set up a christmas tree on my own.

but it happened. i figured it out.

Each year I pluck away at it a little more and it seems this life is coming together nicely now. It feels comfortable, like it fits.

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This holiday season, as with every other, I have so much to be thankful for.  As I sat thinking of all of these blessings tonight I couldn’t help but smile.  There have been several holidays now that I have spent alone, and I think back on those.  They are bittersweet, but I know why they were necessary now–to illuminate the joy that was to come.

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I’d like to end with one request for this holiday season,

One of my best friend’s husband is dying of terminal cancer. I love her very much, and I would ask that anyone who reads my blog please pray for a miracle. A christmas miracle that will give their family a holiday together, one filled with joy and love, not pain and death. She and her young son deserve this season to be happy and filled with joy–a memory they can hold in their hearts each year as the decorations find themselves adorn the walls.  I suspect, just like me, they too will have to make a new life as the seasons go on.  It is my prayer that their experience will evolve into one wherein the bittersweet dissipates and illuminates a new joy, not better, just different.

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Happy Christmas. a whit.

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