Well, it’s back to reality!
The decorations have been put away. I miss the color, the lights.
My Christmas CDs have been stored until next year’s holidays.
Instead of finding warm Christmas letters, cards, and expressions of love from friends I only hear from once a year, it’s back to the bills and junk mail.
The news says it’s a bad flu season and once again we are being awakened (too early) by the alarm for our busy days.
Does it have to be Blue January? It’s up to me, to you.
One reason I enjoy Christmas so much is because I get outside myself more, planning what I want to give, to send.
Can’t we do that in January?
Often I hear the phrase “simple acts of kindness.” And isn’t it true that small acts, a smile, kind word, someone who “looks” at you, “notices” you, makes your day? And these are free gifts at our disposal to give.
The teller at my bank, who has waited on me for many months, is always so cheerful, courteous. I nearly always leave thanking God for her because she really lifts my spirit.
“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. The smile on your face is the light in the window that tells people you are at home.” —Apples of Gold
I no longer make “resolutions,” but I always ponder the blank pages of a new year and want to grow in some way. Eating more healthy, exercising some, etc.
A good start would be looking again at the two great commandments and live them.
1. Love God, the source of love, with your whole being.
2. Love your neighbors “as” yourself.
Take a mini vacation often, even daily. Perhaps 15 minutes with a hot fragrant cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate (yum). Put your feet up, with the strain of soothing music in the background enjoy your time with you. Why not? You’re special.
My husband interpreted Psalm 71:3 literally (in Hyles’ fashion).
“Be thou my strong habitation whereunto I may continually resort…”
He said, God is our warm, inviting “home” and a “resort” to which we can go for refreshing.
Can’t go to the warm Caribbean? Go to your Heavenly Resort for rest, and it will show in your behavior to your neighbors.