We're drawing close to the end of our Advent Adventure. I've learned a lot along the way and I saw those lessons in action in the last few days. Today, for example, I needed to run a few errands today (we're spending the next few days hunkered down at home, so I wanted to have … Continue reading Advent – Catch Up 3!
I came home today from spending a few days with my parents - it was a good visit and one that allowed me some time for reflection. It's very easy to get caught up in the hullabaloo of the holidays, especially the way Americans have "done" Christmas since WW2. (This article does a lovely job of … Continue reading Advent 19 – Working on Waiting
This installment of Advent Adventure deals with celebration - always a good idea in my book. Today is my father's 87th birthday. (We counted up today - it's his 42d year of playing Santa and his 27th doing the "Pilots for Kids" visit [see yesterday's post for details.]) Now, I'd argue that any of that … Continue reading Advent 18 – Birthdays & Unbirthdays
OK - this post is a direct copy from a post I made on my previous blog, Mockingbird's Nest, back in 2012, but it bears repeating tonight. I'm at my childhood home visiting my parents. Dad turns 87 tomorrow and I spent part of tonight watching him play Santa at the World's Very Best BBQ Joint, … Continue reading Advent 17 – Santa
The end of the semester needed concentrated attention from me over the last few days, and I made the right-for-me decision to let posting wait until after those responsibilities had been fulfilled. I kept working on my Advent Adventure during this time so this will be a bit of a catch-up posting. And you know … Continue reading Advent – Catch Up 2!
Advent is, in large part, all about community. While Mary may have kept to herself as she "pondered these things in her heart" (Luke 2:19), she was in the stable at the time, surrounded by a no doubt still-stunned Joseph and a cadre of wild-talking shepherds. People need people. We're a social species. And sometimes, … Continue reading Advent 13 – Community
Here we are on Day 12 of the Advent Adventure. For most everyone I know, it's a busy time of the year that can very easily cross over into Stress Central if you don't take care on that front. Seriously, this is the time of the year when you just HAVE to replenish your own … Continue reading Advent 12 – Share!
I've written before about the pervasive need to be kind to yourself in stressful situations, in part to avoid behaving in a way that demands that you sheepishly apologize the following day. Well, some days are easier than others and, since the idea behind Advent Adventure is to live in the so-called Real World, I … Continue reading Advent 6 – When the Hard Days Come
So much of this "Advent Adventure" comes down to that - just be present. It's the end of the semester, which is a tumultuous time. Add in the holidays and the people crossing your path can be all sorts of half-crazed with stress, pressure, and worry. All the more reason to start with a hot cup … Continue reading Advent 4 – Be Present
I'm starting to get into some kind of groove with "Advent Adventures" - today was about seeking opportunities to fulfill the "tasks" (that makes them sound too much like chores - I'll work on finding a better word) that my Reverse Advent Calendars set out. Beginning the day with a short meditation is, I think, … Continue reading Advent 3 – Seeking!