New Year Cure

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80 degrees in January today!

Recently I developed a ritual of morning coffee with my favorite blogs. I have never been the ritual-type – probably because I am too busy buzzing around like a manic hummingbird trying to tackle everything in my path, doing nothing excellently or efficiently. You know, dishes breakfast puppywalk studying laundry working sweepinghouse makingbed showering payingbills dumpingtrash goingtoclass runningerrands checkingemails cookingdinner washingmoredishes foldingthelaundry tacklingthemold cleaningtoilet cleaningtub cleaningsink cleaningoven groceryshopping organizingthepantry walkingdogsagain cleaningupdogpoop returningphonecalls. We are not alone. Everyone has these same little pests and nags. And yet I let them make me feel alone and pitiful and like I am the only human failing at adulthood and like I just don’t have time for that phone call with my best friend across the country or my morning cup of coffee.

So thankfully, the holidays were particularly cleansing for us. Sure, our plumbing backed up three times and we moved out of our bedrooms to tackle a mold infestation. But honestly? All the chaos in the midst of a slower season [grace] has helped me see how swept up in daily to-dos I am to even take a moment for myself, make a cup of coffee and catch up on what’s happening in home decor, the Church, crafts and friends abroad. It has made me realize how much I miss taking time for fresh air and watching the pups discover the little details in our neighborhood. And how beautiful it is to watch a movie, enjoy friends over dinner, drink one too many glasses of wine, and settle in by the fire with Andrew or go to bed early or stay up late…how beautiful it is to live.

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So in the spirit of that lovely quote by Chesterton [“the object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things he will certainly do nothing effective”], I am prescribing to myself a cure, a New Year Cure. To combat the anxious, busy, robotic woman that I default to when our days get filled with messes, dishes, deadlines, obligations and challenges. Morning coffee with blog and scripture reading, one good, hefty, daily walk with the pups, and one sink basin filled with hot soapy water and a lit candle when I cook. A new year, a new job, a new semester in school – new soul, new nose, new feet, new ears, new eyes [AND A NEW HAIRCUT] .

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2013, I hope you’ll let us slow down and enjoy the work we are doing, the messes we are making, the communities we are building, the tiny details we are missing in the buzzing around like a manic hummingbird.

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How are you handling the new year? Any resolutions, any new year cure you are prescribing yourself?

2 thoughts on “New Year Cure

  1. LOVE your blog, Megan. I don’t have an account with WordPress so I cannot “like” or post a comment, so need to tell you personally how much your blog resonated with me. Unfortunately, I share almost always the issue with feeling overwhelmed with all that needs (my definition of needs) to be done, with very little time left at the end of the day for “wants.” (That’s the way I’m wired–must take care of every single “need” before indulging in a “want.”) When Mom was here, I was a better person, because she helped me see so clearly what was important. Now, riding to and from work most days with your dad has also helped me. Although I have less time to do things than when we were driving separately, the time together on the way to work to pray together, and to share stories and enjoy laughter and whatnot on the way home has become almost indispensable.

    I am facing a very long work week ahead knowing I will be working overtime and missing the sweet time together with your dad because we will have to drive separately most days. Your blog reminds me that all will be well, and I do not have to drive myself crazy trying to do everything–that in fact it’s detrimental to our marriage and to my health. (Although goshdarnit, we *will* take down the Christmas decorations today! no time earlier.)

    Anyway, I love the wisdom you are acquiring, and so glad you are blogging about it.

    Can’t wait to see you again.

    Love, Judy

    On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 7:11 PM, trial & error

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