Welcome to December
It's a pretty great month, right?
Holidays, time off work, focus on family and thankfulness, remembering the greatest gift to us, eggnog. These are all good things. And I'm in need of some good things at the moment. Don't get me wrong, I'm blessed and have a great life, but sometimes my day-to-day starts to wear me down and I just need a break. A change from the normal.
Work stuff can become overwhelming. Deadlines, pressure to get projects or tasks done, work that you just don't want to do because it's the worst but you have to because it's part of your job, these are all things that start to chip away at your peace. And it doesn't help that sometimes the default coping mechanism for this kind of stress is to jump on the internet, particularly social media, where you are pummeled further into the ground by politics, news, and jealousy. It's a vicious cycle, and one that I fall into time and again.
Life shouldn't be like that. That's not living, that's existing as a slave to the world. I don't want to be a slave, I want to be free.
I think I've written before about doing media fasts, and how it has been really beneficial to me when I just get overwhelmed with everything. There is real therapeutic value in just removing stuff from your life. If you keep getting distracted or sucked into social media, what if you just started deleting things from your phone or blocking websites on your computer? What if this stuff wasn't even an option for you? How freeing would that be? You don't have to go crazy with it, but you'd be surprised how effective a few roadblocks can be to change your behavior.
This particular season of the year, for many people, is filled with nostalgia. I, for one, am ready to engage in that nostalgia, hopefully in a healthy way. I'm ready to grab a hot cup of cocoa with marshmallows and put my feet up in front of a fire with a classic movie. Give me more peppermint mochas in those totally-fine-and-not-a-big-deal red cups. Christmas songs on the radio? Yeah! (As long as they aren't before Thanksgiving, which we are clear of now).
Give me snow on the ground, lights on the street, a tree in my house. I just want to soak it in and drink deep and engage with the season. Not so that it will become all that this time of year is about, or so that it centers around me and my desires. The whole point of celebrating Christmas is remembering Christ. That's a huge thing, with so many different facets and really significant ideas. But one of those is the healing that he brings to the world, and the peace that comes with that.
I want to engage in that peace.