Holidays, Housework, and Being Present

I am on vacation this week. Every year, I take off between Christmas and New Years. It’s a glorious time of mostly doing nothing. We stay home and enjoy the family, catch up on some home projects, and plan for the new year.

Man washing dishes

Today was awesome. I slept in until 7:00 a.m. I puttered around the house most of the day, helping Gail clean up from the Christmas festivities. Unlike my real-world job, I could actually see the immediate fruit of my labor—a clean kitchen, dining room, and bedroom. It was simple but very satisfying.

I even got around to cleaning out my closet. This was something that was long overdue. It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate without really even trying!

This all may sound like work, but for me, it was a great change of pace. I felt like I slowed down just enough to be present in the now—and relish it.

I also enjoyed just being with Gail and seeing the kids come and go. My parents are coming in tonight. They will be with us until after the first of the year. I am looking forward to catching up and enjoying their company.

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