The Busy Season
It was around the same time last year when my mother said, “Thanksgiving will soon pass, and Christmas will be right on its tail. And before you know it, March will be here.”
She was referencing the final months of preparation as my wife and I had a wedding date set for March 21st. In the blink of an eye, the winter months came to pass, and March had arrived.
What my mother spoke of last year is no different than what we find ourselves saying year after year. The holidays are celebrated, and it’s as though we spend this time planning for what is to come next. My home country (the United States) can’t even get through Thanksgiving dinner before rushing out the door to wait in line for gifts for another holiday that is four weeks away.
In the busyness of this season, it’s easy to find ourselves looking towards to next ‘big thing’ and losing sight of what is important today. I’m just as guilty as the next person. I am already thinking about one more marathon in December, a weekend trip to Utah, the GMAT exam, and Christmas on the west coast.
I have realized, though, that when I lose focus on what’s within reach right now that I miss out on experiencing and ‘doing’ life’ in the present. It’s great to have a jam-packed schedule through the remainder of the year, whether because of the holidays, last minute bucket list items for the year, or travel plans to visit family and friends, and I want to wish all of you the best of experiences during this time.
Focusing on Today
For the past two years, I have taken the month of December off from writing. There are many reasons why I feel this is important, and one reason in particular is to be able to devote the needed time to the important events that usually take place during this season – the events that are happening in front of my eyes each day that I wake up.
So, this year is no different. I have a lot of exciting things happening in the next month, and I want to be able to take it one day at a time, being sure not to miss out on what’s important today.
This isn’t to say that we should only do this during a certain part of the year because it’s important to do so during all seasons. We can do this daily by appreciating the journey and forgetting the ‘hype’.
I can’t thank my readers and followers enough for your continued interest in my writing, and I am looking forward to getting back to it in 2016! I will begin Sunday posts on Sunday, January 13th.
Until then, I’d like to encourage everyone to spend some time thinking about how you are building into your life TODAY in order to build into others.