I love holidays like the next person. It's the opportunity to lay back, stare up at the sky, and imagine. Dream, if you will. This holiday was that way for me more than previous years. My kids are finally of the age where, while there's still a hundred "mommy? mommy? mommy-s?" throughout the day, they can at least play on their own.
So I chillaxed (a bit) and was able to finish one book and start another. I also fit in an episode of the British television show, Grantchester, and managed to get a light dusting of sunburn.
But now it's the day after. A lot of comments on Facebook this morning are a tad depressing. Like Monday blues times ten. So my goal today, is to make it a holiday AFTER-party. Meaning, why stop the happiness, right??
I took my daughter to Starbucks before work and school. (I'm still on a schedule, so that couldn't be compromised). I refilled my coffee when I came to work but actually took a few minutes out to socialize with coworkers. I planned out my lunch break so I can kick back and read and take a walk instead of my normal work-thru-lunch-break. AND, I decided that tonight we will play a rousing game of Old Maid and eat on the porch.
The concept of holiday, is rest and time with family. But somehow we allow life to creep in like an evil villain and capture every moment. Let's not do that today! I realize life is, well, LIFE! Maybe you're mourning the loss of a family member, or were just diagnosed with a terminal illness. Perhaps your week was like mine where our tractor, lawn mower, toilet, and air conditioner all broke and you're facing some pretty serious and potentially bank-account-fatal financial issues. Life can steal our joy, wrap it up in mud and grime, and stuff it down our throats until we gag. Or we can choose to find even the tiniest of blessings that the Lord sends to us and go, "yes." Yes to the holiday after-party, yes to a smile, and yes to even sixty seconds of much-needed rest.
How will you celebrate your after-party today?