My mantra for the past few months has been “Things don’t matter. People do.” It has played in my head repeatedly as I’ve justified my strong desire to find a job that will allow me more time with my babies and my husband knowing that it will ultimately result in me having much less to contribute (although maternity leave has been good practice for this) financially. I’ve told my family over and over that it doesn’t matter to me any more. If I have to wear the same clothes over and over, pass on a sale at my favorite store or go without some of my wants I’ll take it because my desire to be ever present overrides my desire to have a closet full of choices.
As the weekend begins many of us will be on a mad dash to acquire things for our loved ones – we will dare to drive to the mall or to Target just one more time, we will place online orders selecting rush delivery and will trudge through store parking lots headed for our cars with bags draped across our arms causing them to ache.
I love shopping and I love seeing the way the faces of my loved ones light up as they tear open the paper Christmas day but I also love the quiet that falls upon the house as we anxiously await Santa’s arrival. I love the look my husband gives me when I take a bite out of Mr. Claus’ cookies and the sound of footsteps running down the hallway Christmas morning. I love the way my husband opens his eyes and says Merry Christmas before our day begins and I love that he and our family get to do this together and prayerfully will get to year after year.
All of this to say, as you rush around this weekend doing your last minute shopping, baking, and preparing for Christmas day take a moment to remember the reason why you do what you do. Chances are you’re in it for the people, not the things. You’re in it for the memories and the joy that comes with making them.
This week has been tough for a lot of us but we made it. We’ve been focusing on our loved ones and holding them tighter. Let’s continue to do so because in the end while things are nice they aren’t what makes the world go round. Love is, and each day we get to love is a gift.
Wishing you a weekend filled with love, peace, and great sales.
And cookies too. Definitely cookies.
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