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We are really enjoying our holiday break. There is a rhythm in unhurried days of not having to do anything but being able to choose what to do. There are no meetings, conference calls, appointments, school pick ups. We, adults, go to bed late and sleep in, take naps, and enjoy a longer time in the evenings just for the two of us. Smarty also goes to bed later and sleeps in, but she uses our nap time to do whatever she wants to do rather than being stuck with homework.
I am very grateful for this gift of time that every Christmas break brings us. It's a time to just... be, to spend time as a family, to appreciate what we already have. It's very enjoyable to see Smarty in a good mood and not to nag her with reminders. It's exhilarating to have time for reading, for building a giant LEGO castle, for seeing friends, for playing board games, and watching movies. In a way, I feel that we are all using our free time more purposefully when we have a lot of it than when we have only meager hours during busy work and school weeks. But I have an intention to try and use the advice from a wonderful book I am reading now - The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. I chose my first book of the year more or less at random, but there must have been some serendipity in this choice.
"You marked the minutes," the old man said, "But did you use them wisely? To be still? To cherish? To be grateful? To lift and be lifted?"
I would really like to use my minutes wisely and to focus on gratitude for what I have this year. At the moment, I am really grateful for this gift of time to be with my family, and I want to make sure our weekends remain relatively free of "must do" things to give us this chance to rest, relax, have fun, and connect as a family.
How do you want to spend your time this year?