We begin the final week of November 2019. This week will be highlighted by American Thanksgiving on Thursday. Love and blessings to all who celebrate it and to everyone else as well. As we mosey on into December, a potpourri of thoughts flood my mind. There are the more serious, reflective thoughts as the year comes to a close. Then there are the playful, whimsical thoughts that are elicited by upcoming holidays.
Where am I going with this? Nowhere in particular. I’m just inviting you to come along with me on a little stream of consciousness journey. I’ll start with November. Have you noticed what a drab, dreary month November can be? There doesn’t seem to be an abundance of sun. The weather can be dank, chilly and maybe that ‘S’ word making an appearance. On the upside are the wonderful aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice coming from baked goods and mulled drinks; hot roasted chestnuts, wood fires. Cornucopias of freshly harvested fruits, nuts, vegetables along with family gatherings.
Between the Thanksgiving celebrations in North America and upcoming December holidays, gratitude is the underlying theme. As we begin to put that bow on 2019, we might begin to reflect back on the year that has been. Sure it is good to acknowledge things that we could have done better or differently, but it is also of great value to acknowledge that which went well. What are those positives that we can carry forward into the new year? How can we build on those things and have more of them? To me, those are the big questions to focus on.
December is a melange of mirth, merriment, kindness, benevolence, good will, reaching out to those in need, for example. They are qualities that are really meant for the entire year, not to be saved up and let out only in one month.
Something that comes to the forefront for me is based on story telling. In the recent past I’ve written several short stories about the adventures and shenanigans of Santa’s elves for my grandkids. They have grown a little beyond those Tales From The North Pole, but I am inclined to create another story or two just for the fun of it. While the stories were primarily about elf high jinks, there was always a lesson or moral embedded in each one. Hmmmm. Maybe I’ll write one for you. We’ll see.
Speaking of morals. There are two morals to this weeks ramblings.
One: Wait not for one special day to celebrate when every day can be celebrated as special.
Two: There are 3 amigos we might like to invite as permanent dinner guests - goodness, generosity of spirit and lightness of heart.
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