Whew! How can Christmas be only two days away? Time really does seem to accelerate the older I get. It seems that I have entered into the bowels of life.

Bowel (noun): a. The part of the alimentary canal below the stomach; the intestine. b. The parts deep inside something large-interior, inside, core, belly (Google search).

I speak of the second meaning as my life & perspective are always evolving into something bigger than myself. I see that as a positive as the last thing that I want to do is stagnate. We all know those kinds of people don’t we? Those who haven’t evolved with the times and are living in a 70’s, 80’s, 90’s mindset and whose perspective is stuck in tradition.

Tradition: The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way (Google search).

Tradition is not necessarily a bad thing-fond memories are sometimes built around tradition. It’s when one is dead set on something happening a certain way at a certain time with certain people to the point that it can’t be enjoyed. It is sometimes made less enjoyable because it becomes a “have to” thing.

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I have lost the wonder & the magical feeling of Christmas-that is at THIS time of year. It seems that society has done it’s best to make it a commercialized date on a calendar. Go shopping anywhere and one can almost not discern what holiday season we are in! It seems we here in America live/plan our lives from holiday to holiday instead of enjoying every day.

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In a store 4 days before Christmas

My new perspective on life is that we have the opportunity to have the spirit of Christmas in our hearts every day of the year. Jesus wasn’t even born in December for goodness sake! December 25 was declared a federal holiday in the U.S. in 1870. Now before you get your bowels in an uproar, I am not dissing the celebration of Christmas. Because it IS a federal holiday, it may be the only time of year that family members can all synchronize a get together-that’s wonderful. It can also be a very depressing time of year for some because they can’t afford to “buy into” the commercialization of Christmas.

So where am I going with this you ask? Seize every opportunity every day to be giving and appreciative. If you see something someone would like on ANY day of the year and it is within your means to get it for them-do it! They may not be around next Christmas! Give to charities of your choice, help feed the homeless, lend a helping hand when the opportunity presents itself! Happiness/joy/celebration/being a blessing is not dependent on a date on a calendar. 12047171_1221730747840728_7611271852260605797_n

Where do I see the spirit of Christmas at work? I see it in the faces of my patients when I get them a warm blanket. I see it in my co-workers when we work together as a team to do what’s best for the patient. I see it in the wound care RN who selflessly works many hours until all of her consults are seen. I see it in the innocence of childhood. I see it in my fellow runners after completing a race. I see it in the volunteers at races. I see it in the leaders of my running groups who selflessly chart a course every week & in those who help set things up. I see it in my 90 year old neighbor who walks four times a day and cooks dinner for her family every Sunday. I see it in my local animal shelter staff. I hear it in the birds chirping outside my window. I see it in the smiling grocery clerk’s face. I see it in those who hold the door open for others and I have mini celebrations & joy in my heart. You get the picture.

Life is full of opportunities to celebrate, we just have to be cognizant and stop living our lives based on the dates on a calendar.

I will end with the traditional, “Merry Christmas.”

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For “Traditions” sake

 

Until We Meet Again,

Stephanie

One thought on “Into the Bowels of Life

  1. Very well said, and I couldn’t agree more. Me and my wife were just talking about how it seems people forgot about what the true meaning is behind Christmas. Like you said, if should be celebrated just more than that one day. We should use everyday to try and help others and live our lives to the fullest.

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