"Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

I read this this morning and thought to myself that my life has not been full of peace lately.  Immediately I also thought that while events around me have been chaotic, I don't feel that way inside.  I am feeling peaceful and content.  I have faith that things will work out, that the chaos will come to an end and my outer environment will reflect my inner environment.

It is less than 2 weeks before Christmas and there are so many tasks to accomplish.  I am not sure why I am not feeling any urgency.  I think it's because we have long held the belief that "what gets done, is what gets done" and what doesn't?  Isn't going to ruin anything.

On the train this morning, Pk and I made a list of our favorite baked goods and it's not terribly daunting.  Having the pollyanna relieves some of the stress to find perfect gifts for everyone.  Pk is easy to please and provides me with a very explicit list (just like when we were kids with the Sears Wishbook).  We will only need one or two shopping trips and a few nights of baking and a major grocery shopping trip since I didn't go shopping amidst all the construction last weekend.

So, in the midst of all the chaos that is my life right now, I feel peaceful inside and there is a real sense of Joy at the coming of the holidays.  How are you holding up?


Roxie said…
Kyle and I take a fairly low key approach to holidays. EVERY day is worth celebrating. Holding up just fine.
Galad said…
Cards out, most of the baking done, shopping done (but we won't talk about the knitting LOL)
Galad said…
Cards out, most of the baking done, shopping done (but we won't talk about the knitting LOL)
Bells said…
i like your approach. I'm feeling pretty good because I'm not hosting this year and I am making some simple contributions to my in-laws' christmas. Gift knitting/sewing is done, last day of work today for three weeks. It's all good here.

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