At the beginning of this year this little phrase found me. I
approached 2013 with the idea that it would be easy to release some old
habits, let go of what no longer helped me be the true me.
Easier said than done. Much as I hate to admit it, change is often difficult for me.
Finally, just this week, on Christmas Day, I experienced what it felt
like to really let go of what I thought was always expected, always
necessary, what I thought I simply had to do. There were minimal
decorations, and the food prepared was nothing like what I would have
done in years past. The simple meal served our needs, nourished our
bodies, was not perfect in any way, yet it was enough.
Normally I would have overworked myself in that annual attempt at the
perfect holiday feast, resulting in too many leftovers, too much food
in our bellies, and worrying about just how that table was set and how
it looked. There is a time a place for such things, but this holiday
was just not one of those times.
The best part of all this was that the day became so much more than I
anticipated, a beautiful time with dear friends. Good conversation.
Plenty of coffee. A game of dominoes afterwards. Then we went our
In the letting go I was opening my hands and heart to receive
something more. In releasing the idea of the perfect holiday feast I
found joy and comfort in the simplest meal. And in that simple
preparation I was able to then have more time to bask in the glow of
love and friendship.
Funny…now that this little phrase has found it’s way into my life I believe it is meant to stay.