Stepping back from the frenzy

Photo courtesy of Evan Moss (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of Evan Moss (Creative Commons)

It seems like in our busy lives, especially this time of year, that we are adding more and more commitments, allowing less and less time to rest. For many, work gets busier at the end of the year, there are family get-togethers, parties, events, and let’s not forget the cooking, baking, travel, and shopping.

Black Friday typically signals the start of the wildness.  I’m tired and out of breath just thinking of it all.

This year, I’m trying a different strategy. Instead of frantically fighting the crowds and filling up my calendar, I’m stepping back and refilling myself. Instead of getting up and out to the stores to catch all the great sales, I’m spending the day at home, easing into my holiday and savoring the quiet and solitude.

To me, the meaning of the season gets lost in all the hoopla. The calendar and task lists rule and the focus is on the material and physical gifts, crowding out the time for reflection and spiritual growth.

Instead, I’m building in time for rest. Gifts may be donations to charities in honor of family and friends. I hope to spend quality time with people in smaller settings. Worship will be a large part of what I do.

I don’t want to get to the end of the year worn out and spent.

So what about you? How can you step back this holiday?