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Time Well Spent

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Yesterday was a mentally tiring day for me spent moving important files from my elderly, not quite working laptop onto my new borrowed laptop. (See my previous blog, "A Friend in Need" for all the details.) I was able to get about half of my list accomplished and now that I have a better feel for what I have to do, I'll spend a little bit more time on it today but I intend on spending my time today doing things that decrease my stress, not add to it!!

I had been looking forward to a day of productivity around my house yesterday doing chores that had been put off and instead spent most of the day at my desk. I was disappointed that one of my free days had been used up (and the to-do list hasn't changed at all) but this morning I can hear the spirit-voice of my mother saying, "At least you had the time to work on it!!" (I know, Mom; this whole project could have been a lot worse if I hadn't had this big stretch of time to devote to it!)

The best thing I did for myself yesterday was to finally walk away from my desk and continue that walk over to my neighbor's house. He loves Christmas and all the decorating that goes along with it and I noticed a few days ago that he had a rather funny looking tree-topper that really didn't fit the tree and was leaning to the right, ready to topple off the next time someone created a breeze as they walked by. His tree is lovely, every item placed on it with care so this tipsy tree-topper really took away from the rest of the tree. He laughed about it and said that before next year, he was going to get an angel to put up instead; maybe he could find one at an After-Christmas sale when it wouldn't cost so much.

I have an angel tree-topper. I bought it a long time ago, purchased with care knowing that I would probably only buy one in my lifetime. It's simple yet beautiful to me in its simplicity. I don't decorate as much as I did when I was young and I don't put up a tree any more so I knew I was going to give it to him. I went down to my messy basement on Sunday and searched through Christmas boxes. It took a while to find (two trips actually, gotta do something about that basement!!) but I found the angel and brought it over yesterday afternoon. It was a perfect fit for his tree and it was a nice surprise for him, an early Christmas gift. I'm so glad I took the time not only to find it but also to step away from my stress for a little while yesterday and share something of myself that will now continue on in someone else's Christmas traditions.

The gift I gave yesterday was most likely to myself. My daily gratitude list frequently focuses on time; time to do the things that are important to me. Today I am grateful for time taken yesterday to share love; the laundry can wait.

Over the next busy days, take some time to simply be Love. It may start out as love given to someone else but it may just be that the Love you're giving will be to yourself.

And it will be time well spent.
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