Daily Practice Category: gratitude

gratitude

TGIF: Gratitude for Cultural Christmas Community

TGIF: Gratitude for Cultural Christmas Community

We are coming up on Christmas which my family and I celebrate each year. Stores are decorated and playing Christmas music, streets are lined with lights and wreathes, and generosity is at it's height for the year here in the USA. Before graduate school and illness my Decembers were filled with decorating my house, my tree, and my freshly baked Christmas cookies. This December I don't have the energy to put up my decorations and the cookies are looking less and less likely. Yet, I don't feel Christmas-y. I have been in downtown Seattle twice this week soaking in the atmosphere. Other people's labor has become my gateway to being a part of the strange community of "peace on earth, goodwill to all" that forms each Christmas. I know this season is hard for many people and Christmas is no...