Winter Branch

After the presents are opened, the holiday meals eaten, the friends and guests have left, some children express what may be on many minds, “I’m bored!”

It’s difficult to keep up the adrenalin rush of holidays without wearing yourself out or putting a hole in your wallet.

Where do you turn for warmth inside during the cold wintry days in parts of the US? Where are your sunbeams when the sky is grey and sullen? Where is your joy when the weather seals you up inside the house for days?

There is no boredom in beauty! Make that the starting point of a spiritual exercise that warms up your soul and thaws out your heart.

Look for something beautiful to focus on: crystal icicles hanging from a bare tree, hoar frost sparkling like a wonderland up and down the neighborhood, sparrows huddled together around the evergreens.

Listen to something gentle and tender: your favorite hymns, classical music, a singer whose voice touches you.

Do something kind and thoughtful: send an email card, make a phone call, go to lunch with someone who also wants to be out and about.

Make room for more beauty in your life: clean up a counter top or a small pile of clutter. Organize something you’ve been putting off or finish something you’ve started. It all looks good and feels good.

At the end of the day count the ways in which you savored more beauty in your life! As you make room for more beauty, there’s less space for boredom.

Whether you’re putting on the music and dancing to your favorite tunes or paging through a book of fine art pieces, you can’t get too much beauty in your life.

Give it a try and let me know what works for you. Please drop a line in the response box below (or click on the comment link in Facebook) and share your thoughts with us.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Janice M. Puta
Author of Pathways: Tales for the Spiritual Seeker
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