Post holiday blues

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A lot of my friends have the post-holiday blues, including me.

After all the rush of Christmas and New Year's, the sudden lull of activities leaves me at loose ends.

Not that I'm not glad the rush and hubbub is over, I am glad. The season is wonderful, yet exhausting at the same time.

Now that it's over for another year, my thoughts are turning to cooked white beans and cornbread, a change from the holiday turkey and ham.

My appetite craves homemake soup and chili, plain everyday normal fare.

I want to sit back. cocoon like. and read the books I received at Christmastime.

I don't want to hear about the inauguration again and about escalating gas prices

I want to shut out all the neverending war talk, although I know that won't make it go away.

I guess I just want rest, a time of serenity.

I've been to the after Christmas sales and bought a few things, but I've tired of that too.

My closet runneth over with clothes and shoes and stuff.

I guess this is a period of discontent and that is shameful.

The other night I was riding down the highway with a couple of friends. We were complaining that fish we had bought earlier was not hot enough. It was served lukewarm. We went on and on about our dissatisfaction until one of the passengers laughed out loud..

She said, "Do you realize what we're griping about?" We then realized our complaint was so minor, unimportant, in the large scale of things. We realized how much we have to be grateful for, that in the big picture, lukewarm fish just didn't cut it.

We dropped the subject and turned the conversation to more upbeat topics.

We dwell on the negative when we should accentuate the positive.

January seems to be a time of pulling back, assessing what was and what we hope for the future.

It's a time to settle back, relax.

Some will want to try a new endeavor, perhaps a change in jobs.

Others will marry and start a new life with a special person.

Perhaps a new baby is on the way and that will consume your time.

Maybe you have entered the Golden Years and will reach out for a second chance, a new lease.

Travel may enter your future plans. New ideas and adventures may be on the horizen.

Nothing will keep you young like romance or a challenging project.

True, boredom has its place, but eventually you have to get up and start moving or staleness will set in.

These, of course, are my observations, my personal musings in the new year.

Something I read in an email today struck a chord.

It said, "There comes a point in your life when you realize who matters, who never did , who won't anymore....

and who always will.

So don't worry about people from your past, there's a reason why they didn't make it to your future."

That's a profound thought. Maybe I believe most of it.

Anyway, that's just thinking out loud.

I hope you identify with some of it.

Think on the good things,

Never mind lukewarm fish.