Decorating my apartment was NOT on my “to-do” list this year.
After all, I wouldn’t even be home from the 18th through Christmas due to work meetings followed by spending time with family.
It was just me, myself and I , so why did I need to haul out the decorations only to store them away again in a couple of weeks?
The first part of December had all but wiped me out with a nasty, lingering cold that made my raisin-bread baking tradition feel like trying to run through quicksand.
Oh, and I didn’t even have a tree!
I purchased this girly-corset faux tree at the Tuesday Morning store and thought it would suffice:
Love it, right? Except the “branches” are so soft, it can’t hold ornaments.
And I have VATS of ornaments. Last year I went crazy decorating with my peacock colors (Pier One’s stock went up as a result).
No tree. Not an ornament to be found. No Christmas spirit.
You can’t even play carols effectively when the ambiance has nary a glimmer of Christmas.
So this happened:
I’m a “go big or go home” kind of person. Thank you Amazon, for accommodating my last minute shift from Scrooge to Santa.
I reflected on how the tree transformed with each ornament I placed on it (because without the ribbons and balls, it’s kind of a Charlie Brown scrawny tree.)
And it occurred to me that each truth I embraced this year decorated my life, making what was barren and empty downright beautiful.
Yes, my halls are decked. And so is my life.
Truth transforms you when you let it in. Just KNOWING the truth isn’t enough. That’s like having vats of ornaments and not decorating with them.
Truth works its magic first when you embrace it and then when you have opportunities to live it out in relationship with life and people.
Which leads me to this week’s video message about the truths that changed me in 2017:
What a beautiful time of year to extend ourselves in support of others…and to link arms with others in love to ensure this is a lovely, not a lonely time of year.
Sending you much love!