Our old dog woke me up in the middle of the night…again. Grumbling, I dealt with her and then stumbled back to bed. Eyes wide open I stared at the ceiling, every unfinished project fighting for priority in my head. There’s wrapping yet to do, cards to be sent, the holidays fast approaching in addition to all the other commitments on my to-do list that have yet to be checked off.
Slipping back out of bed, I stepped outside in the crisp air to look at the full moon peaking out from the clouds. I took a deep breath and tried to quiet my mind by reflecting on the stillness of cold nights and bright skies.
If it’s true that the simple things mean the most then I challenge you to take the time for the simple things this season. Find beauty in the night sky. Be grateful for that tail-wagging dog who is happy to see you (even if it’s 3:00 a.m.). There’s a reason you can’t fall asleep. Maybe you haven’t spent enough time saying thank you today and realizing just how blessed you are.
When you get caught up in everything on your to-do list and your mind won’t stop swirling, I think that could possibly be the universe or God or your guardian angels telling you to count your blessings. Take a deep breath, exhale, and whisper “thank you”.
Your life may feel like a mess at times, but it’s a beautiful mess. And out of the mess of ribbons and bows and pretty paper you wrap a gift. Isn’t that the perfect analogy for life? It’s a jumbled mess, but at the end of the struggle of taping the corners just right, there is a gift. Be grateful for the gifts you’ve been given.
Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a new year filled with long walks, fairy tale endings and millions of kisses!
~ Jana, MA, CHWC
Community Hospital Blog Contributor