It is unusual, but I rather like this picture of me. It seems to depict a moment of calm. One of the most striking things I notice when I look at it, though, is how tidy and clean that portion of the room is looking. This is a picture from one of our two main social gatherings we hold at our home each year during the holidays. No matter what the house normally looks like, and I assure you this is not it, for at least those two days the upstairs is both clean and tidy.
This topic of tidying has come up before in my blog in the context of a blog about panic-clean-up boxes. What I want to look at today is not the act, but the anticipation.
It was just today that it really sunk in for me that next week is Remembrance Day. For me on November 11 at approximately 12 PM Christmas begins. I know that it won’t even be Advent yet, but that is the afternoon when the Christmas music gets added back onto my I-pod for the season and the first hints of Christmas decoration will begin to peek out from the closets and storage areas of the house. This being the case, it is time to start picking away at the tidying job.
It is important in our lives to look forward to something. It may be as simple as looking forward to that after-supper cup of coffee, special like a get-together with someone special, or something big like Christmas, Hanukkah, or Eid. I’ve been down lately but I had plans with a good friend for after school today and my step got gradually lighter today as I realized it was getting closer and closer. This is a special kind of magic that comes with Christmas. In Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch puzzled to find that, ” It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags.”
Wouldn’t it be lovely if we remembered to sprinkle a little of that magic into every new day as we get out of bed? Every new day is a special gift. Of course not everything may go our own way, but it is a day you have never yet experienced and we don’t know what pleasant surprise we might miss if we are looking down at our feet and waiting for the veritable shoe to drop! Instead we could turn every corner looking forward to the new view, meet every person knowing we could make them smile, and go home at the end of the day refreshed rather than wrung out!