Life is slowing down as the holidays approach. I work at a university and today is the last day of finals. The student population is thinning as each finishes and leaves for home, faculty are more scarce as they wrap up classes and can do more of the leftover work at home, few deadlines right now — just a collective catching of breath. People stop and visit in the hallways, little gifts appear on desks with grateful notes, and one occasionally catches the illusive fragrance of shared treats. Quite lovely actually.
I love this time of year — most people do. I love it for the slowing down, the visits, the camaraderie, for the reflective time, the catching up time, the time to do those things that were low on the priority list but should be done. I love the sights, the smells, the flavors and textures of the holidays. I love the crispness of the air, the warmth of coming indoors, the snuggly mittens, hats and scarves.
And so, for today, I’ll put aside the contention, the anger, the anxiety of life as we live it, and will cling to the warmth, the kindness and good things of living in this beautiful world.
Peace for Every Living Thing.