A Thankful Christmas: Day 1

by - 10:23 AM

It is December.

December....where, oh where, did this year go?
I'm always astounded by how quickly time goes by and the fact that it progressively gets faster as we age, as we begin wishing for it to slooow down, is just bad luck.
But then we get December -- this fabulous month filled with cheer and twinkle lights and, if we're lucky, snow. And the snow part is important. If anything reminds me to reflect, it is undoubtedly a bright sunny morning in snowy December. The kind that sets off alarms in every corner of my brain, too bright! eyes closed!
Now, I know that typically it is November that gets the "thankful month" label, but you'll have to fogive me if I become nostalgic in December. Nostalgic to the point that a reel of the entire year's events come crashing through my head at warp speed and I can't help myself....I get thankful.
I have decided to spend the entirety of December reflecting on the blessing that 2012 was.
I have a lot to be thankful for, but I'm going to do this one day at a time.
Today, on December 1st, I am thankful for a year of learning.
2012 was a year for wisdom, which was a surprise for me. After six years, two degrees and lots of late night paper writing, my formal education finally wrapped up.
Last night, I sat with my friend over a few drinks and we joked about a sweatshirt that we would like to award to some overachieving students that might read: "I am the best, smarter than the rest."
In 2012, I thought I was ready for that shirt.
The Bible throws down some really great annecdotes. Perhaps the best provides us with our cultural "pride comes before the fall." Needless to say, 2012 kicked me in the pants. I have much learning yet to do.
For so many years, my entire youth infact, I thought that adults knew it all. They just hit a wall, had every experience and could safely guide young people through life accordingly. Then, in 2012, I feel like I became an adult and I learned: we're all just pretending. There is no great authority in wisdom. Life is a learning game. We're all trying to get through each day the same way: the best way we know how and every day we perfect that. Moment by tiny, insignificant moment.

I learned that
Some things in life are meant to be perfect. Not perfectperfect, because maybe there's no such thing, but they should be my version of perfect. That means waiting for the time when it is right.
But I've also learned
I've learned that there is a difference between waiting to stumble into perfect timing, and making choices to wait until things are ready and right. Perfection might not exist, but the right timing does and it's all based on choices.

In 2012, I learned that learning never stops. I'll never know it all and what I'm accruing now is called wisdom. And for that, I'm thankful.

I'll be back tomorrow and every day for the rest of the year.
In the meantime, I'd like to leave you with the following thought, recommended by what I am reading right now:

"Christmas doesn't knock---you knock and Christmas lets you in."

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