It is the day after Christmas and I feel content. My family cooked together, watched Bob Ross paint a winter scene on Netflix (sounds boring but we laughed and laughed and were amazed) stood around a fire in the snow with the dogs, listened to music, attended a candlelit solstice yoga class at Sandpoint Hot Yoga , walked, worked a puzzle, shared meals with friends and enjoyed each others company. It was a simple and beautiful winter scene.
I am grateful to my friends and family that understood that both my kids and myself don’t need much. Gift cards, a paid month at the gym, a massage, books, Christmas money and music were some of the thoughtful gifts received. Nothing needs to be exchanged, and we do not need to find closet space to house a giant haul of gifts. With all the recent purging it feels exactly right.
Occasionally here in North Idaho we will experience earthquakes, nothing terribly devastating, just enough of the ground shaking to look at one another and say “Did you feel that?” It catches your attention, provokes some conversation and we move on with the day. This week while I was finishing another collection of items for the donations pile, I stopped and had that same earthquake sort of moment. Suddenly I thought, “I can feel it.”, the house actually FEELS lighter. The realization stopped my busyness and I thought … this is it …. this is what simplicity feels like. The house is gaining space, some of it hidden in drawers and behind closet doors, but the open space is there and I can sense it.
I am also noticing that since the house is already free of much clutter, keeping it that way takes very little of my time. It’s nice to come home and have a tidy space to greet me. This week my kitchen will receive some attention, digging into the corners of the cupboards, pantry and fridge. My guy has a habit of dating jar lids when he opens them, which at first I thought was rather OCD, but now I know exactly how long that favorite salad dressing has been sitting on the shelf and really should be tossed! Sounds like the perfect detox for the new year.
May your season also be filled with simplicity, the people you love, and the miracles that surround us every day.
With 2017 right around the corner, pour love and light into your world …