Aching back and warm heart

Through the office window I see large snow flakes slowing down the pace of the first advent. The Sunday is passing far to quickly, and there is a part of me who is tempted to feel stressed. So many things to do, so little time.

Maybe the last 6 hours were a mistake, maybe I didn’t have the time I invested. But I have wandered around various stores, not really Christmas shopping, however still subconsciously browsing for something that could paint a smile on a loved one’s face. There is nothing, nothing that inspires me, nothing people don’t already have an example of, and especially this year I have become ‘anti’:

Anti-garbage producing stupidities
Anti-artery clogging sweets that don’t even taste good
Anti-anything that is marketed to make life easier, we don’t appreciate any such gains anyway
Anti-overpriced just rip people off because it’s the season
Anti-run of the mill impersonal mass production of whatever
Anti-packed in so much wrapping that it’s simply a crime to buy whatever is inside
Anti-items lacking the one thing Christmas presents should convey:love

And so, today I spent my Sunday making my own Christmas presents. And I already know I’ll use recycled newspaper wrapping, like we used to make in school, to add some suspense to the gifts. I know it will take longer. I know it’s not the ‘in’ thing to do for people my age. I know that once I add up the dollars spent, it may not add up to the gifts I’ll be receiving. But I do know three things:

1. I have time to think about the person I’m in the process of making a gift for, moments we shared this year, what makes them special, and why they are worth my efforts.
2. There is a way to celebrate Christmas without having to burden the Earth with more pollution and garbage which she cannot digest.
3. The people I am privileged to call friends and family, don’t care about dollar value.

So yes, I am going to be busy. But it’s a happy busy.


~ by spasmicallyperfect on November 30, 2008.

One Response to “Aching back and warm heart”

  1. Are you channeling me again? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    My thoughts exactly.
    “dollar value”?
    Nail, meet head. Perfect words.
    Nice heartfelt post.

    What is that supposed to mean ‘I’m channeling You’?
    If anything I’ve been ‘complaining’ that it’s the other way around! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for coming by. Missed ya.

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