If we were having coffee on this rainy Sunday, I would share that “Joy” is the theme of the third week of Advent. We are getting a nice winter blast of snow in the Sierras making it cold here in the valley, so be sure to get a nice, piping-hot beverage while we chat. I am now stocked with peppermint mocha-flavored creamer for coffee, so help yourself! I have lots of teas and cocoa, too.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I get the sense this year, that the Christmas race and count-down is on! Last year at this time, I was working at my full-time job with a few days left, finishing teaching my two courses and getting Christmas ready, all the while “worrying” about my impending retirement.
What a difference a year makes. Yet, why do I still feel so busy?
Do you feel slightly overwhelmed?
I am finishing up my two classes, with one more final exam to give on Monday (read: 75 blue book essays to read and grade—yay!). I am also in the process of getting 6 blog posts written and prepared over the next three weeks. In early 2015, once I retired, and was not teaching during the spring semester, I spent all my time growing my blog and learning about the world of blogging.
What is that saying? “Labor expands to fill the time allotted.”
Umm, yeah, a little bit.
With almost 800 followers now on this little blog, there is always some compulsion to write and create good content with great images. As a blogger, do you find yourself constantly asking or stating out loud to yourself or to anyone who would listen, “Oh that would make a good subject for my blog,” or “I need to take a photo of that for my blog.”
If I stopped blogging, I think my heart might stop, too!
As I said in an earlier post, I will likely blog fewer days and focus on writing my e-book over the next few months. I think I just added more work for myself—sheesh, I can never win!
But in all this hub-bub, mostly of my own making, I refuse to be robbed of my JOY!
Are the holidays and the season’s trappings robbing you of your joy?
I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters. Oprah Winfrey
I am packing for our three week trip to San Diego to spend Christmas with family, then head to Baja Sur Mexico for two weeks of windsurfing. This certainly brings a modicum of joy to my heart, but while I dislike packing, I am giddy with excitement to see family, then hop into a nice “warm” ocean.
A friend is going with us to Baja for his first time, and seeing our vacation spot through his eyes will bring copious amounts of joy to my heart.
Did you know that leisure brings us joy? I hope that during this crazy time of perfecting our Christmas and holiday experiences, that you take some time for yourself; whether it is just taking a walk, getting in a workout, buying yourself a bouquet of flowers or heading to the movies; DO something for yourself that brings you joy.
Because when your holiday celebration comes, you WILL be filled with joy!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
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