December has a way of drawing us inward. Diminished daylight makes us drowsy. Temperature drops tempt us to tuck into the indoors. The impending arrival of a new year invites introspection.
For me, Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of this transition. Every year we spend an active Thursday with family and friends, but with a refrigerator full of delicious food and the absence of (most) work obligations, the rest of the weekend lends itself to resting and recharging.
This year the downshift was particularly pronounced. Whether because of the way the holiday fell on the calendar - or the absence of out of town guests to entertain, by Friday we felt a strong pull toward hibernation. So hibernate we did...
For the balance of the break we left the house only a handful of times. Not ONE thing on my to-do list (including writing this newsletter) was accomplished. But what I lost in productivity, I made up for in perspective. We all returned to our routines on Monday refreshed and ready for what lay ahead. And not ONE of my "incomplete" tasks proved problematic (or even noticeable)...
For the past six years, these monthly musings have been a valuable discipline for me. I have appreciated the opportunity to reflect on the passing of time and what I am experiencing - and hopefully learning - along the way. I have loved hearing from you when certain messages resonated - or when encouragement reached you at precisely the right moment.
It has been an honor to be welcomed into your inboxes - and lives. But just as the changing seasons invite different rhythms, shifts in the seasons of our life call for transitions in our routines - and I feel this newsletter has run its course. A wise friend and mentor once counseled me that before stepping away from something - whether a job, relationship, or responsibility - you need to feel released from it. And, after six years, I do.
As you look toward the end of the year, I encourage you to consider what you can remove from your own list. It is lovely to be able to identify a full day free of external obligations to really dive deep, but even switching off your phone during your commute, skipping your evening TV routine, or asking your spouse to take over kiddo/puppy duties for an afternoon can give you the space to reflect on what NEEDS to be done now, what can be postponed until a later time when you have more energy, and what can come to an end.
Thank you for allowing me into your inboxes and busy lives for the past six years. I look forward to connecting next time our paths cross.