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Holiday Pause

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Last year around this time I made a trip to Boston in which I did a day or two of holiday shopping – not to actually find many gifts, but just to enjoy the season in Boston. Setting aside the time to simply walk and wander, to take in the holiday displays, enjoying a cocktail or two, and spending moments with a few of my closest friends made it more fun than the harried, rushed, and stressed out holiday shoppers for whom finding gifts was only a tedious chore. It’s a practice I put into play at various times during the season, whenever I need to be reminded of the meaning of Christmas. Whether it’s taking an extra five minutes at lunch to watch the Christmas trees going up, or sitting down in the middle of the mall while the whirlwind of frenzied activity swirls around you, it’s good to stop and let the craziness flow by. It’s not about the gifts and the excitement, but of slowing down and realizing what we already have. The pause is what’s important, the time to be still is what matters.

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