Happy New Year, friends. Thanks for spending your valuable and precious time reading and commenting here.
We've had freezing fog for several days now. Everything outside looks as if it has been flocked, even the sagebrush. Its beautiful and miserable at the same time. Dry cold and dry heat share similar qualities in that they don't cling to you like the humid versions. The guy from the heating & cooling company that was out to do our semi-annual service looked so miserable SG tipped him extra so he could go get a hot lunch somewhere.
I took some days off over the holidays and we were devoted practitioners of the art of lounging around in our pj's. Settling in on the sofa underneath a quilt and watching shows on Netflix is a perfect way to exist when the outside temperature refuses to rise above freezing. Yes, I'm fully into lazy mode. SG came home on the 18th, so I took a couple of days off that week, worked the Monday before Christmas, took more days off after Christmas, and just went back to work yesterday. I spent most of the last two days realizing just how many emails are in my inbox awaiting response and trying desperately to prioritize them. One does not simply return from vacation all primed and ready to function like a real adult. No, one does not. This one, at any rate.
The sensation 2013 left in me was that of riding a bullet train. I may be simply echoing what so many others are saying, but the nature of time to march forward with ever-growing impulsion leaves me feeling somewhat out of breath and out of step. I look back and realize I've hit middle age without every really seeing it coming. Now is the time of life for me to really concentrate on enjoying the moment I'm in; the hourglass of my lifetime is running out of sand faster with each passing year.
The more I try to fit everything in, the less time I have to enjoy any of it, the less I am able to allow each moment to distill by not being present. So although I will be following my own tradition and not making formal resolutions for 2014, I do think the theme for this year will be to slow down a little bit and spend more time drinking in the quality of my life, experiencing and expressing gratitude.
Even if our cold snap ends before tomorrow I have a feeling I will be spending more time in my pjs. It will be a good start to the year. May the New Year bring us all more days of peaceful enjoyment and fewer days of hurry and worry.
Peace and God bless.