Positively No Negativity Challenge
Day 60 of 84
The past week has been a joyful family time of laughter, card games in the evening and eating those special meals that are only made at Christmas time. It was my first Christmas in four years to have had the house full at this time of year and I relished every moment.
It seems that when family members come for only a couple of days you try to cram in all the activities and food imaginable into that time, and all too soon they are gone and you realize that you didn’t show them a certain thing or that you didn’t get to talk about a pressing issue. However, when they come for a longer time it is a little different. After the initial flurry of excitement comes the time for show and tell and deeper conversations.
It was absolutely wonderful!
This morning we will be taking my son and his wife to the airport for their trip back to Toronto. The bags are packed and all that is left to do is to make lunches for on the plane and cram that last Cherry Banana Bread into their suitcase.
And when we come back home, the house will be a little emptier and it will be time to get back to our regular little life, with normal meals and activities. It’s not always easy to get back on track after ten days of feasting. It reminds me of a line from Mrs. Miniver:
“Not that she didn’t enjoy the holidays: but she always felt—and it was, perhaps, the measure of her peculiar happiness—a little relieved when they were over. Her normal life pleased her so well that she was half afraid to step out of its frame in case one day she should find herself unable to get back.”
I’m sure I’ve packed on a couple of pounds over the season, but I won’t be getting on the scale for a few days. Not before I’ve had a couple of days to scale down the sweets and rich foods and pump up the activity.
This is where the mindfulness and finding joy comes in. In order to stay positive you have to get back into a regular and healthy routine.
Today I am grateful:
1. That the weather is amenable for flying today
2. To have had a great family time this Christmas
3. That the skillful Sara hemmed up two of my coats
4. For health
5. For a beautiful Christmas pageant at church yesterday