Day #174: Merry Christmas!

Today could not have been more perfect. I forgot a few items at the store yesterday, so I had to serve boxed stuffing instead of homemade. I also had to roast the turkey (again) instead of fry it. I wasn’t able to reach my father to wish him a merry Christmas and when I talked with my mother and brother, they didn’t sound as if their Christmases were going very well. To top it all off, I have had a fever all day of about 101 degrees.

The Good Parts

What was so perfect about my day you ask? Well, let me tell you. My little kids had an amazing day. They woke up as early as they possibly could and raced to the tree to see what Santa brought. There was not one complaint from either of them and lots of smiles all around. I got to talk or text with all three of my ‘big kids’ and they all made me feel incredibly loved and valued. For the first time in years, we had a white Christmas and my little one couldn’t get outside fast enough to play in the snow. He made the cutest snowman I think I have ever seen and he made it all by himself. My husband simply supervised and took pictures.

The Perfect Parts
My day was perfect because it was filled with love. I didn’t worry about anything – even when things didn’t go as planned. I did exactly what I said I would do. I lived in the moment. I did find Anna yesterday and with her help, I made a list of all of the pressing things that I have to do and I realized that there was absolutely nothing that couldn’t wait until next week. I loved on my kids and my husband as much as I possibly could given my illness and cooked the most amazing Christmas dinner I could with limited resources and energy.

New Year’s Resolution #3
Now, as fever ravages my body and chills make me feel as if a colony of ants is hiking from one end of my body to another, it is time to wind down for the day. All of this makes me think of the many people who are worse off than my family and me. Sure, I don’t feel so good, but I’ve got a warm bed and a cabinet full of cold and flu remedies to make me feel better. What about the young woman who feels just as poorly tonight but is settling in at a shelter or worse? I am thankful for all that I have and feel renewed to make great things happen with my limited talents and resources in the new year. I know that things are never really perfect, but what is more important is that things could always be worse. Given that realization, shouldn’t we always make the most of what we have for ourselves and for others without worrying about the things that we cannot change? That is my intention for 2011. I guess that’s my New Year’s resolution number three.

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