Hannah, my oldest daughter woke up this morning and said:
Today is the eve of the eve of Christmas eve.
I paused and counted the days back from Friday, smiled and said, “Yes, you’re right, it is.”
“Well, then, I think today deserves a celebration,” she smiled at me.
It is this excitement I want to bottle up and keep. Not just during Christmas, but all year long. I’ve been thinking a lot this month about a zest for living. The simple excitement that little things can bring. Relishing the small joys throughout the day; throughout the hour. I’m afraid I’m missing too much because I’m busy.
This month I quit writing on big projects. At the beginning of the month I felt a little lost, but I stuck to my promise to not work on long-term writing projects. Instead I’ve documented more of my family stories, and I’m working on a keynote address called “The Power of Ordinary Stories” that I will deliver in January. Mostly I’ve reflected on the season, looking back over Christmas photos from the past and connecting them to the life I’m living today. Here is one I came across recently, circa 1979:
And here is a story I documented:
So all of this to say I’m still thinking about my OLW for 2011. I’m not sure what it is going to be. I have a few ideas floating in the air but none have attached themselves to my heart yet. Are you still thinking about your OLW or have you decided? Remember to check out Ali Edward’s site for more ideas and inspiration for OLW.
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