This December is different than any we have ever experienced. New people, new events, new scenery. Oh, and Saturday, we got to experience snow!
I know, this is normal for many of you. But our geeky little ex-SoCal selves got a little giddy.
We went to Lassen to cut down our $10 Christmas tree.
Then the grandkids did this to the tree.
Along with all the thoroughly enjoyable fun, I tend to get a little reflective this time of year. I've been thinking about one of the ways I've looked at life. I've tended to have a mental checklist in my mind, looking at things as either good or bad, right or wrong. I came to understand long ago that comparing myself to anyone is counter-productive, but I hadn't thought about comparing situations and experiences. I think it's starting to sink in that one situation or experience is not better than another, they are just different. I will appreciate and learn more from each day if I embrace each experience in the day for what it is instead of comparing it to other experiences. It's that age old practice of receiving each day as a gift, and practicing gratitude. I want to play.
A dear friend gave me a sweet little devotional that I am really enjoying called "Being Home, Discovering the Spiritual in the Everyday" by Gunilla Norris. I want to share something I read today that made me stop and ponder:
"Guard me against the arrogance of privilege,
against the indulgence of feeling
that I don't have enough, and the poverty of spirit
that refuses to acknowledge what is
daily given me. Keep me truthful in knowing
where I spend, where my values actually are."
So with a heart full of love and gratitude I wish you all the merriest of Christmases. May you hug and be hugged again and again. From our farm to yours, love from NorCalia.