Monday, December 10, 2012

Caging Christmas Humbug


If you frequently give yourself permission to doodle, wander, and be totally unproductive, Pam , and you actually relish such interludes, I can guarantee that your genius, creativity, and productivity will increase exponentially.
~ The Universe

It's a great day when I find Note From The Universe in my email box. One of last week's messages, quoted above, was very timely.

After my marathon writing effort to finish NaNoWriMo, I was exhausted. Other than a bit of journaling, I haven't done any writing since. I have spent time with my kids, gotten the house ready for Christmas, experimented with a fruit cake recipe, finished my holiday shopping. I have kept up with my piano students, shipped a few orders from my Etsy store, promoted Seasons and Seashells. I have eaten well, exercised a bit, gotten plenty of sleep. I have read a little, watched some television, planned some holiday craft projects.

As a matter of fact, when I'm not fretting about what is not happening, I am having the time of my life. But those nagging reminders about the credit card debt and all the repairs that need to be done around the house and the extra fifteen pounds I am carrying around and all those unfulfilled dreams run like a ticker tape through my head, looping and repeating, taking me out of the present moment and robbing me of my joy. So I decided to do something about them.

I got out a pad of paper and wrote all the negative stuff down. Then I folded up those three sheets of college-ruled paper, tucked them into an old wooden box, and shut the lid. I even went so far as to retrieve an old lock from my boys' scouting days, latch it to the front of the box, and turn the key. In January, after the celebrating is finished and the decorations are put away, I will release the monster from its cage, make a plan, and get to work.

In the meantime, there are cards to write, packages to wrap, cookies to bake, gifts to make, events to attend, and friends to visit. I will do the simple things that mean the most to me and leave the rest to Martha Stewart.

I hope you are having a happy holiday season. Don't miss a single precious moment.

8 comments:

Denise Stewart said...

I think locking that bad stuff up is a great idea and focusing on the good, the joy, the love is and excellent idea.

Pam Asberry said...

It seemed a little overly dramatic at first. But it seems to be working!

Jennifer said...

Caging the Christmas Humbug - YES! That Humbug has been creeping up on me all weekend. I have been getting a little panicky and a little whiny. So, I'm gonna Cage that Christmas Humbug and start having some FUN! The issues will either get worked out prior to the the New Year's Day celebration and my family's First of January Birthday week, or they will still be there to get handled afterwards! Either way, no sense in not enjoying the present to it's fullest potential!

Pam Asberry said...

Exactly, Jennifer. The season is all too brief. We need to make the most of it while it's here!

S.M. Carrière said...

Great idea!

Pam Asberry said...

Thanks, S.M.! :-)

Steven Heath said...

Love this one! Hope you don't mind if I steal this idea. ... Maybe I'll even make a be jolly list....

Steven Heath said...

Love this one! Hope you don't mind if I steal this idea. ... Maybe I'll even make a be jolly list....