The holidays are upon us and it always seems a little bit crazy this time of year. The eternal “to do” list is always way too long and it often feels like the madness will never end. Perhaps this is why yen for the simple things and feel a pull to go a little slower and do less. I crave coziness, quietness and reflection, and time with family and friends. This year many dear friends have kids and new babies. It is such a treasure to have them in my life! I am so thankful for them because they teach me so much about the world around me. They are so present, so funny and thoughtful. They represent so much of what is possible with their curiosity, honesty and unconditional love. I think that is what the Christmas Story is all about…the possibility and hope for a new way of doing and being that is loving and compassionate. Christian or not, its message is universal.
Now out of the night
New as the dawn into the light
Oh this child, innocent child,
Soft as a fawn
This child is born
One small heart, One pair of eyes
One work of art, Here in my arms
Here he lies
Trusting and warm, Blessed this bond
A child is born
Listen now to Oscar Peterson play a gorgeous version of Thad Jones’ tune, “A Child is Born”. I know it’s not a true Christmas tune, but something about it is hymn-like and holy. It perfectly captures the spirit of hope.
Merry Christmas! I wish you all the best this Holiday Season. May you have many spacious, beautiful, and sacred moments with those you cherish most!
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