Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Don’t just do something; stand there

This contradictory advice hit my inbox this morning from web marketing guru Seth Godin (http://www.sethgodin.com/) . In a hustle-bustle season, as minds fill with to-do lists, cookies to bake, money to spend (and stress about), boxed decorations and parties to throw, why not stand back and just stand there? Just be.

Stand and look at the lopsided gingerbread house your kids created. When I do, I  remember that my son ate so much frosting he lay on the floor with a tummy ache. Stand back and remember your most loved childhood Christmas present. Mine was a used mini-bike when I was twelve. How my parents gave it to me is such a great story. Reminicising on that memory makes we want to get creative with how I hide/give our children’s gifts to them.

By just standing I can appreciate those relic ornaments on our tree. My favorite is the one we received the first year we were married. It has a bride (with veil) and groom bear (yes, bears!) and says, “Our First Christmas”. I admit that it is totally corny, but I love it! When I am still I can remember that Christmas  sixteen years ago in Kentucky with my husband’s family. I remember what a special season it was to be that young, hopeful and in love. Most ornaments on our tree have a story or pleasant emotion connected to them, but because I am always doing something, I miss the sweet meaning.

Instead of rushing to complete your next something, slow down and soak up the small details that are at the heart of Christmas. In other words, don’t just do something, stand there! Thanks Seth.

3 comments:

Kat said...

Great advice. It's wonderful sometimes to stand back...or sit back...and just look around and realize how much we have to be thankful for.

Hugs,
Kat

Comeca Jones said...

The baby is Heaven sent so beautiful!

Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike said...

This is a great post. I like what you are saying. It is important to just be still and think about the wonders of the season.

I love to sit in our living room at night with just the Christmas tree lights on. It is so pretty to look at.