I’m writing this on Saturday morning and we’re normally quite active – mid morning coffee out and a bit of shopping. But this morning I find myself sitting quietly in my favourite lounge chair with the warm sun streaming though the window. Our friendly garden Robin is chirping on the feeder, I’m on my 3rd cup of coffee and I have my favourite hairy dachshund curled up at my feet. It’s really quite peaceful.

I know it’s still November but I have to admit that I’ve given in to the Christmas Carols and treated us to a new album – John Rutter’s ‘The Colours of Christmas”. And when I say ‘us’ I really mean me, as sadly Barry doesn’t share my love of Christmas choral music. I don’t know what your taste is but I find it so relaxing and calming and in the chaos of the festive season it helps me to keep my centre in the right place.

So we’re officially in Advent – there’s a sense of waiting, anticipating the season. We countdown the days on our Advent Calendars and we prepare our homes with pretty trees, and fancy food.

The days and weeks flash by, and somewhere along the way we start to panic that we won’t get everything done.

So today I am pausing. I’m soaking in the warm winter sun, I’m putting lists and jobs out of my mind, and I’m savouring the flavour of my favourite Heartland coffee and the joy of nothingness.

Next week will be busy – cakes to bake, clients to meet, stock to order and the emails keep coming.

So today I am breathing in and choosing rest.

One of my favourite psalms says simply this “Be still.. ” It’s good for us to be still – to stop rushing, to keep calm and refocus on what this wonderful season is really all about.

But the psalm tells us more – it tell us why we can be still “… and know that I am God”. I take all my comfort for today and the future from this knowledge. God is God so worrying is futile.

Your idea of pausing might not be John Rutter or copious amounts of coffee. You might choose a bracing walk around the Great Orme or a glass of mulled wine with friends.

Whatever your thing is – don’t miss the chance to do it. Take time for yourself, and once you have yourself in order – you’ll be more use to those around you.  Focus on the things that really matter to you and then you can share yourself generously with your friends and loved ones.

Let’s all get in good shape for Christmas!

Judith x

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