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Pause | Celebrating the Royal You

by Cindy Ratzlaff

I must confess.  My crown is a little askew right now.  Do the days seem to speed up for you every December?  This year it feels like I was buying Halloween candy yesterday and all my neighbors have fully decorated, beautiful lights up in their yards today. I, as usual, am way behind and feeling just a bit inadequate in the holiday decoration department. But because I have committed to a month of looking at the positive rather than dwelling in the “not enough,” I’m pausing today to think about the progress and pleasures of the season so far.

Our daughter and a friend from college spent Thanksgiving with us and the wonderful, lively conversation with young women who see the world through such hopeful, fresh eyes is a joy.

We brought two kittens into our lives just before Halloween and they are hilarious, sweet, loving and highly entertaining.

My 87 year old father in law is healthy and was able to join us for Thanksgiving and his stories of his adventures in the Mediterranean theater as WWII ended are some of my favorite moments (he had tea with Prince Phillip before he married the Queen).

We put electric candles in the windows in the front of our house and driving up to the house at night makes me smile every single time.

See, I feel better already.  My personal gifts do not include creating the perfect holiday look.  I enjoy seeing it and wish I could but my basket of gratitude is overflowing today.  When you pause, what are you able to add to your list of things to celebrate?  Let’s share to remind each other of the big and small things we can all cheer about.  So sayeth the Queen.

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2 Responses to “Pause | Celebrating the Royal You”

  1. Janet Morrissey says:

    The sounds of the season. This time of the year, some of the most beautiful and uplifting music is available. Many concert halls and churches have free or very low-cost programs. One in out area had an annual Handel’s Messiah singalong. Another annual tradition in our area is a Winter Solstice concert by a group called Helicon. They play a mixture of traditional Celtic, American, French-Canadian, and so many more.

  2. cindy says:

    Janet, That sounds amazing. I used to do the Messiah singalong at Riverside Cathedral in NYC when I was younger and it was so inspiring. I love music. Thank you for the reminder.

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