Some of you may notice that this post/letter is getting out a bit late this year. Yes, I’ve been very busy like everybody else, but the truth is that I've had writer’s block. Perhaps it’s not cool to be honest about this, but I think we can all relate. Not knowing what to say is a phenomenon that can happen when we come face to face with a friend who is experiencing loss. Not knowing what to say can happen when we look around and wonder when there is going to be peace. Not knowing what to say can happen for some of us who want to say the right thing, but end up not saying anything because we can’t think of the perfect thing!
So bear with me as I figure out what to say! I am so glad it is the holiday season again, but at the same time, just like my writer’s block, everything feels a bit sluggish. For example, most of the decoration lights that we wanted to put up were burnt out. So we spent about six hours (I’m not exaggerating), testing and replacing the bulbs. Likewise, it’s time to bake special treats, but the cost of basic ingredients, like everything else has gone up. I purchased some scented hand soap with hopes of being transported to a Christmas tree forest, but it ended up smelling quite unpleasant. Also, it seems like we are in yet another wave of COVID. And of course, our cat is trying to eat the tree, the ribbons and the light strands!
I know these are frivolous and silly concerns compared to what many people are living. But sometimes it can feel like we are just going through the motions, checking off our to do lists, instead of really being in touch with the mystery and wonder of the season. Often you hear the advice to “simplify” which for some of us, if we are honest with ourselves is not simple at all! I think it is worthwhile to reexamine our traditions and consider mixing it up a bit. We might let some things go and try some new things that are perhaps more meaningful or less self-centred. Or dare I suggest that we could simply take a few moments to stop doing and develop awareness; to listen and be open to moments of simple blessings that are around us everywhere.
Wishing you health, peace, love, joy and simplicity,
Donna-Michelle Rancoeur is a Registered Reflexologist (RRPR), a Reiki Master and an Indian Head Massage Practitioner.