Friday, December 12, 2008

tangled up in red, green, and jingly little bells

It really has been a while since my last post, hasn't it? I knew I was behind, but I don't think I'd quite realized how much.

I absolutely blame the holidays. We have been busy, busy, busy, and are leaving to see my family in St. Louis for Christmas soon. VERY SOON! And although I am really looking forward to the trip ever so much, I'm absolutely dreading a 3 1/2 hour flight with an active toddler on my lap. Is it legal to give a baby just half an Ambien? THAT WAS A JOKE.

But things are very good, I think. I've accomplished so many things this week that were on my Christmas to-do list, not to mention my dreaded everyday to-do list, that it's actually quite shocking. We even managed to buy about 80-85% of our gifts from Etsy sellers. And best of all, my sense of accomplishment is enormous (albeit much tempered by the realization that I haven't dressed the baby all day).

So, while I am busy trying to finish up Christmas gifts, lingering work projects, cleaning the house, and packing, (and dressing the baby!), here is something for you that I find terribly inspiring right now - perfect for the holidays, the economy, the new year, and, well, life:

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common — this is my symphony.

-William Henry Channing