“It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do.’ And mostly, against all odds, they do.” – Anne Lamott
As wonderful as the holidays are, they also bring with them a lot of work and added stress. It’s not only the fact that there are more items on our to-do lists, but the everyday tasks don’t go away (the nerve!).
To give you an idea of where I’m at, I’m writing this on December 21st, and I still haven’t wrapped one present. It’s also been a rummage-through-the-dirty-pile-of-clothes-to-see-if-my-son-can-wear-those-pants-again kind of week.
Yesterday I was determined to mark some items off of my to-do list.
I even braved the mall for the last few items I needed to purchase.
I had plans to go out to dinner with a couple of families in the evening. I was already exhausted from attending a holiday party the night before, but this is what the holidays make me do: squeeze in fun activities on top of everything else.Continue Reading