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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

From Holiday to Reality

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

I’ve been on vacation the past few days with my family to celebrate Christmas. We don’t go anywhere, we just stay home and veg out on playing video games and other hobbies we enjoy, like reading and cooking. We eat way too much and drink way too much and have a great time doing it.

However, after three days, I am becoming disoriented and need to add, at least, some creativity back into my life. Writing has a way of calming me, and it helps me focus on those things in life that are most important. A few days without writing starts leaving a fuzziness in my mind and I forget what I’m supposed to be doing.

Waking up at 11 am two days in a row let me know that I was starting to get a little too far off track. Or more significantly, that it is just time to start adding some structure back into my life.

Having a couple days to completely relax and not worry about anything is good, healthy even for a balanced life. The trick is in coming back to reality. Sometimes it is hard to get started.

That is my trouble now, I’m just having a hard time getting back into the groove again.

I sat down two different times to write a “Merry Christmas” post. Both times, I ended up walking away from the computer with no more than a couple of sentences that didn’t even really make sense.

At that point, I decided to let it go. But the thing is, I really did have something to say about Christmas. I wanted to express the wonder in this time of year. It’s not because of any particular holiday recognized, but the celebration and rejuvenation that the spirit of tradition and good intention plant in us to improve ourselves and make an effort to love more easily.

It took me a few days to say, but it has been what is in my heart.

I am thankful to be writing again.

During my vacation, I experienced many lost moments where I just got caught up in what I was doing and not really thinking about anything. This, in my mind, is what it means to meditate. In this moment you just are, and that is a very peaceful experience.

I need more of that in my life. But, I also need the balance of productivity and creativity. It is important and fulfilling to spend time in meditation and contemplation, but now I need to also make use of my time and ideas. My aim is to become more productive this upcoming year while still experience calm and peace. It should be a fun journey.

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