We had a beautifully blessed Christmas--rather a quiet one; just my family and I in our mountain home. We slept in on Christmas morning, then relaxed pretty much all day, played games, laughed heaps, ate ham sandwiches (a Christmas tradition), drank tea, opened gifts, and over-all enjoyed the day celebrating Christ's birth.
This Christmas was different. I don't know how, and I can't explain it, but it was definitely different. There was still joy, and happiness, but it was somewhat subdued; it wasn't the impatient waiting for gifts, and the frantic opening like it has been in past years, and although I enjoy and love my gifts, the day wasn't completely wrapped up (ha, that expression fits perfectly, eh?) in receiving gifts.
Perhaps it was the knowledge that so many people were hurting on Christmas day; after the tragedy in Connecticut, it was impossible to forget the pain so many people were going through. And I don't want to forget. I don't want to live in sorrow, but I want to understand, feel and be able to truly grieve with those suffering. I've never been one who expresses my feelings well, but this... it made me see how special moments are. How special life is, and how much people truly mean to me.
The remainder of the week has been quiet; with the usual tid-bits of cleaning, playing games, taking pictures of random snow-falls, laughing in the cold air, and cuddling by the wood-stove with a good book, and my (new) MP3 player, listening to Josh Groban, and simply enjoying the chance I have to live. As this quote says, living is the greatest thing in the world. We take it for granted, because it is just something we've always done, but it only takes a moment for the gift of life to be taken away.
This new year, I want to truly live. To live passionately, fully, heartily, lovingly. It is so important to make the most of the time we have--we think "oh, we're young. We'll have forever." but a life time isn't as long as it seems. It only takes a moment for forever to be in the past.
Have a Happy New Year, friends! A new year; a new set of numbers. Today will only be here once--and then it's gone forever. Make the most of it, y'all. I'm going to.