Thanks for Nothing. Really.
For the first time in what seems like forever (or about 18 months) I am staring down at my 2015 calendar and it is virtually empty. There is next to nothing on it. I’m basking, gratefully, in the freedom. Of course, my bank account balance is not basking, but that will be remedied soon enough. Right now though, I am positively alight with the idea of having no holiday plans whatsoever.
Last year was a nonstop job-event-family-more-events marathon with every single day, and every weekend, stacked with everything from conferences to parties to responsibilities. The best celebrations were making holiday cookies in a commercial kitchen with dozens of friends, and my annual wreath-making party. I’m not shy about letting anyone know I throw a great party. Hey, I’m a Libra. Still, too much of a good thing can quickly turn what’s supposed to be a fun-filled time of year into a chore.
Which is why I’m laying low this month and next, organizing my year-end taxes, streamlining my home, reading and focusing on all that I have to be grateful for right now. There are few distractions other than the dog hounding me for extra walks.
I haven’t been in this mental space in a very long time and I realize I have missed it. I also need to curb the urge to pick up the phone or send out emails, contacting friends I haven’t caught up with in a while. Happy hours and holiday shopping are on hold, too. The crazy-making pace and whirlwinds of non-stop activity that often define our culture… they can wait.
I’m not doing anything right now. But there’s always next year, I tell myself. 2016 will be here soon enough. I’m all about NOTHING right now. A Zen holiday!
In one word, can you sum up your thoughts or feelings toward the coming holiday weeks?