What word fills that blank for you – are you joyous, are you having fun?
I love parts of it – getting together with friends, with family. Cooking heaps of food for people to enjoy. Visiting, catching up and laughing. Anticipation of Christmas time, mystery-wrapped packages, playing with kids, watching them enjoy their toys – forming part of their memory landscape, and they forming part of ours.
When we tally time, money and distraction from usual pursuits December offers, one has to question the value of it all. The concentration of commerce, the diversion from usual productive pursuits – just hearing children laughing. All that effort for a few hours with family and friends, all that work for some meals that are over in 1/10th the time it took to prepare?
There is a time and place for pushing the envelope, pressing forward assertively, be it physically or intellectually, expanding the size and scope of your comfort zone. Driving fast on snowy roads and feeling safe because it’s a big SUV with grippy tires is not the time or place. Certainly there is more control, but it’s the stopping not the starting that is the problem. As for over confidence inviting disappointment in terms of errors made or potential failure, that’s just life. If you don’t make mistakes nothing is learned, never having failed is simply a result of never having tried. Having loved and lost is better than never having loved at all. That said, give whatever you decide to do some thought and planning before just leaping off the cliff..., DM, Ladysmith, BC
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