It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

We’re just a few days before Thanksgiving.  When I start to think about this coming season of non-stop holidays…all the gifts I need to buy, gifts to make yet, food to cook, decorations to put up…I start to panic a little bit. As much as I try to keep things simple, I usually end up going overboard and things can get overwhelming around here.  Shopping, baking, cleaning, wrapping – it all gets a little crazy.

I went for a walk the other day down by the lake.  The waves were lapping up on the shore…whoosh…whoosh…whoosh.  Shopping… baking…wrapping…whoosh. All the things we have to do this season, rhythmically and consistently beat on us in an attempt to wear us away like the shoreline. Whoosh. Whoosh. Whoosh.

But today the lake is calm.  Quiet.  Frozen.  Peaceful.  The sun is out and the ice is sleek and glistening.  It is still and beautiful. Nothing else has changed – my list to get ready for the holiday season is still growing.  But today I am reminded to stop. Be quiet. Have peace.

It’s amazing what a day can do.

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