Wednesday, November 28, 2007
It's the Most Busy Time of the Year
I wish I could say this stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas was the most wonderful time of the year.
I love Christmas and started playing some of my Christmas CDs on November 1. I love buying gifts and presenting them to friends and family. I love my nativity collection. I love baking goodies. I love church services and gatherings that focus on the holy birth. I love finding a Christmas charity project. BUT. . .I hate the busy frenzy this time puts me into.
I'm the type of person who wants to put my whole heart and energy into a project, but the problem with this time of year is that there are too many projects happening all at once. Throw in a out-of-state trip and a pet emergency, and you have chaos.
Work seems extra busy this year, even though we always plan for a week off for holiday. We've been having some authors in to visit. It's the start of a new list when we prepare a blitz of marketing copy. We have a sales conference coming up next week. And I'm supposed to be concentrating on reading at least two manuscripts. My mind can't seem to squeeze in more.
My social calendar is full with parties I'm hosting as well as those I'm to attend.
My gift list has a couple things I want to make by hand, but I'm worried may not be realistic to think I can get them done. Still, who has time to shop???
No wonder so many people have a love/hate feeling toward December.
In many areas of my life I've wondered how I can cut out the things that don't matter and things that keep me from what is really important -- especially those things that get between me and my relationship with God.
It is a constant struggle. Can we ever win over the rat race? Any suggestions or successes to share?
Editor Du Jour Becky