I clearly remember being in high school standing at my parents\’ Christmas tree with who would be my husband in 6 or so more years. I was crying because I loved the magic and hope and promise that Christmas is. Feeling connected to something greater, and everyone in my life being aware of it at the same time, was something I cherished each year.
But now in 2017, our 7-year old wants to sleep between my husband and I on Christmas Eve to make sure we aren\’t the ones wrapping presents to put under the tree!
I also remember that. I was 7 at our old house in Ransom hanging up Christmas lights with my parents and I distinctly recall asking how Santa could come down our chimney for the wood stove and not get burned. My mind was churning over their light-hearted answer that he had special ways to get around that issue, and now looking back, I appreciate that my parents never let that light go out in me.
Santa is the heart of MKMME! He represents the internal force, connection to divine. He\’s a purveyor of miracles and symbol of doing good for others.
Mark signs \”Believe\” and I do. I was telling a friend this week that we were taking the kids to see Herald Square Macy\’s Santa, going the extra effort to stoke the fire to BELIEVE. I want Agnes at 7 to keep Santa present for Clare (5) and William (4), and I hope they are 21 and 81 and still want to help someone else find that spark. Agnes did say this week that she doesn\’t like making Christmas lists because it seems greedy. Parent win, I\’ll take that one!
Haanel once again gave me goosebumps and I had to immediately read it to my husband. Chapter 13 #23: \”Thought is a spiritual activity and is therefore creative, but make no mistake, thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically, and constructively directed, and herein is the difference between idle thinking, which is simply a dissipation of effort, and constructive thinking, which means practically unlimited achievement.\” Wow, I\’ll also take that!
Dig in. Do the work. Reap the rewards. I cannot wait to see what our next weeks hold. I am fiercely holding the feeling that even though my to-do list is in 8 point script to fit it all in, there is nothing more important than the mind work we are jointly pursuing and which I represent with a heart on my daily lists. It helps me beyond measure to keep on this path when I think of everyone else who is planning their day around readings and sits. I can improve. I can do better.
Now to get some wrapping paper which will be entirely used or disappear once we are done to leave only signs that Santa himself was here! The anticipation of Christmas Eve I love almost more than Christmas itself. May everyone reading feel blessed by the big and little reminders of our bliss which will come our way in the next week.