I am drawn by the growing stillness of winter to simplify and de-clutter my life, literally and figuratively. A good portion of our closet's contents rest in a pile on its way to Goodwill. Dave created a beautiful yoga space in our home. I am etching out bits of my mornings and evenings to care for my body and mind: stretching, rolling out, tuning up, mobilizing, thinking, meditating. Mediums for contemplation and introspection are finding space in our weekday nights together: TEDtalks instead of sitcoms, books, pens to paper, conversation. Don't we each desire simply to be heard - to be seen - authentically and genuinely? Do we really make the effort - because it does take effort - to truly see those around us? Our neighbors and friends, family and strangers? Do we even see ourselves?
Though the outside world is hibernating, this time of year can be noisy. We don't have to partake in all the festivities; we can be intentional, genuinely choosing those activities we want to embrace fully. We can even make time for ourselves. I am playing with my vision board and scanning my life architecture regularly to assess my goals (what I want to accomplish) and commitments (how I actually spend my time). Not every festivity needs to be FESTIVE and brimming: simple, elegant dishes might leave more time for conversation and connection; an attentive ear over a single, drawn out cup of coffee might carry more meaning than a package tied with a bow.