Wednesday, December 12, 2012
How can time have flown by so fast? Christmas seemed so far away at Thanksgiving and now it's nearly here already.
We have our gifts bought but not wrapped and sent. We have Christmas card lists ready but no cards. The tree is still downstairs in its box. And the older I get the slower I seem to move, so things just don't get done as quickly as they used to.
So I guess I will just have to readjust my expectations. Break the chores down into manageable chunks. Try to do one small thing each night. But I will not put off getting in touch with the people I care about. I know too well that we can lose them at any time. Last year in December I lost a dear cousin who was mostly like the brother I never had; I was fortunate we had re-established a strong relationship before he passed. This last weekend I got word that a very special aunt is filled with cancer; I am grateful I had warning so I could talk to her and send her Christmas flowers early. My friend of the most years has also been battling chronic disease; I am grateful we now spend more time together, appreciating each other.
So I will send more e-mails and fewer cards; that way I can take more time (and check my spelling!) I will do as many things as I can with my grandson, such as walk through the natural history museum (one of his favorite things to do) and maybe even toss a basketball at the hoop at the park, weather permitting. I'm also happy he will be here to celebrate with my son and his family after they get home from out of town; any day can be a celebration, after all, and we can also celebrate their safe trip. And I will pick up the phone more often to connect with friends. Somewhere in there the tree will get put up and decorated. When it gets taken down might be another issue. But the people are more important than the items.
Oh yes, and I will give thanks, as I do every year, that the light part of the days will start getting longer again. By late January it will be light when I get off work. In March we may be able to go to Arizona for a week of baseball spring training and to visit with my husband's 90} years old aunt. With SparkPeople helping my ongoing efforts at weight loss I might even be able to wear shorts again for that trip and also this summer - and even a swimsuit???? And finally, my New Year's Resolution will be to live each day to its fullest, healthiest, and most productive. That should be more manageable than a strangling weight loss goal.