I can’t tell you how many posts I’ve started and either deleted them or they’re hanging out on my desktop gathering cyber dust. Perhaps it’s the holiday season that has me writing again. Or the sheer gratitude of being alive and healthy. Or the weather. I do love me some crisp, cool weather! I may even get to drag out my “winter” coat.
The sun is shining and it’s 60 degrees. I. LOVE. IT.
Where I am, coolness doesn’t come until November and when it does, it energizes me. Fires burning. Movies. Good food and wine. Pillows and warm blankets piled up on the bed. Thinking about the past year and looking forward to what’s up ahead.
I don’t know about you, but there’ve been years where I wasn’t into the whole holiday thing. Whether it was from loss, my psyche struggling with something or being in a place that didn’t feel right—literally and metaphorically—but, this year feels right.
How about you? Are you in the spirit?
This past weekend, we pulled out all those Christmas decorations. A fire was going and A Christmas Story was on the television. That movie reminds me so much of my Daddy, so I was teary-eyed at some point when I felt his presence and then happy. It’s that happy, nostalgic human experience thing that songwriters, writers and artists try to convey and capture in words and colors.
When they do, you feel it and the weight of that feeling is immense. It affects your heart and soul, maybe even quickens the breath. It’s magic. It feels good and sad at the same time, which is pretty damn beautiful, isn’t it? It’s letting go and moving on…if you think about it, many things in our lives are like that.
A constant juxtaposition. Yin and yang. Here and there.
I’m getting deep and I hope you’re getting this as it’s unfolding in my head and I’m tapping it out. Sending it out to the world, trusting that this piece of my heart art reaches whomever it should.
I’m coming to the realization that most of what happens in life — there’s a reason for it. There’s a symphony to life—an orchestrated tapestry that we can’t always grasp. Every once in awhile, you tap into it though, and feel it—the eternal thrum of it. Like the beating of a heart.
Lighten Up Francis (and Brigitte) and Everyone Else Please
My wish for you during this holiday season is to remember that we are all in this together. Maybe we all need to take a deep breath and remember that, especially now. I’m so grateful for who I am, the people in my life and the life I’m living. Even if I’m at odds with someone, I’m still grateful because they are humans too having their own human experience. Our souls and hearts are meant to love one another and I sincerely believe, despite how dire things may seem, they are not dire. There’s more good than bad. There’s more love than hate.
That’s what my heart is telling me and I’m going to trust that and go with it.
We have an opportunity every single day to go with the positive instead of the negative and it’s really difficult to do sometimes, I know. To leave behind what happened yesterday and look forward with a sparkling spirit, bright eyes and grateful hearts. And to just say THANK YOU.
Thank you for reading and I hope you and yours had a beautiful Thanksgiving. I hope the holiday spirit is affecting you in a good, peaceful, wonderful way.
(P.S. I will send out holiday magic dust (via my soul to yours) if anyone can tell me where that phrase, “Lighten Up Francis” comes from.) Or, just leave a comment about how you are or aren’t in the holiday spirit. Or, your favorite holiday movie, book or food or wine, or you get the gist. Make it holiday-ish and nice. Please be descriptive, poetic, dig deep, c’mon.
Okay, you get magic dust. And you do…and you do…
Here’s a song that doesn’t have anything to do with the holiday season, but it’s so pretty, from the movie, Practical Magic. Hang some beads in the doorway, light some incense and listen. Butterflies and bluebirds may very well flit to the sound of it coming out of your speakers.