2017 is nearing its close and unlike so many other people, for me, the holidays are a time of winding down. Hubby and I exchange just a few gifts with one another and very limited family members and friends. We don’t have a lot of holiday parties to attend and I cannot remember the last time we traveled between the end of Thanksgiving and the end of the year.
The house has a warm glow to it, with little white lights strung across the fireplace and on the Christmas tree front and center in the living room. The few packages beneath the tree with their shiny paper and glittery wrap, are in a constant state of reflection of the little lights above.
I love this time of settling. Like our packages, I find myself spending a lot of time reflecting. I think about the year that is coming to a close; what has gone well, what has worked and what could be improved upon? How has my time been spent and how would I like to spend it in the upcoming year? What have I allowed too much of? Where should my focus be redirected or remain? What role does marriage, work, horsemanship, workouts, commitments, volunteering and all the other “stuff” play? What needs balancing, inclusion or elimination?
These thoughts, playing in my mind are helpful as I think about 2018 and what I would like to manifest in the New Year. I enjoy this time of reflection and mindfulness. It’s a quiet time and I feel less busy, a time of taking a break while at the same time gearing back up. This time last year I was pushing 2016 out the door, it was not my favorite year, but this year I feel like I’m saying goodbye to a good friend who must move far away.