Blogging is not what I need this advent. I need socialization, pleasure reading, and yoga/meditation. And if I write, it needs to be my novel. So I think I’m abandoning this year’s advent blog…I’m sure I’ll be back for Lent.
“Both the season of Advent and the season of Lent are about hope. It is not just hope for a better day or hope for the lessening of pain and suffering, although that is certainly a significant part of it. It is more about hope that human existence has meaning and possibility beyond our present experiences, a hope that the limits of our lives are not nearly as narrow as we experience them to be. It is not that we have possibility in ourselves, but that God is a God of new things and so all things are possible (Isa 42:9, Mt 19:26, Mk 14:36)”
I think this is the reminder that I need to keep coming back to…a season of hope. Keep hoping
There’s something about this season that makes me want to socialize – to cook, and chat, and generally hang out with people more…which is weird, for me, who generally craves alone time. Maybe it’s the cold weather that makes us want to come together for mutual warmth (physical and emotional). Maybe it’s the social customs of baking and gathering that come with the Christmas season. Maybe it’s just that I have more free time. But December to me is about people and food…
it’s been a long day…and i’m sleepy…and i can’t believe it’s already the 2nd Sunday of Advent. I’m not necessarily feeling the Christmas spirit…and maybe that’s because there’s auditions at work – which is not usually part of the holiday season. I’m not feeling like I am motivated right now…to write, to write papers, to do yoga, to meditate…to do much of anything…but tomorrow is another, less sleepy, Advent day…
we had some writers over today to eat and chat and of course, write. there’s something lovely about that. even better is when you just want to keep eating and chatting and the day goes by that way.
i do wish that i was more consistent in my writing practice – both here and with my book. but i’ll get there…things are moving in the right direction. at this time of year, i often don’t feel that way…but right now, i really do. it’s a nice change.
I read a blog today that reminded me that there are ways we can bring warmth into this cold season…I think the fact that it stayed warm for longer is going to make the real winter cold hit us much harder…and I’m not ready. Warming spices, exercise, vibrational energy – we can warm ourselves.
But I also remind myself that this is the season in which the warmth of our companionship can also brighten the cold dark days. I am so thankful for my friends and family, and for the best fiancee in the whole wide world. For writers and singers and actors who share their talents, for students and teachers who share their knowledge, and for the ever present gift of finding new friends and new ways to find warmth and joy.