With the holidays right around the corner it’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness that surrounds me.
Today I looked at the clock and it was 8pm, and I had no idea what happened between church this morning to now, and that is when I know I need to sit for a moment and ground myself; get connected so that I don’t lose my footing.
My therapist and I just talked about this very thing in session Thursday before break. He knows me well to know that sometimes when there is a break, or things get busy like holidays or summer vacations, I tend to pull away and isolate into the busyness, and sometimes that creates disconnect with my support and sometimes even with myself – not something I choose to do, but it’s my old ways of being, I get quiet into my busy world.
I am however getting better about that; hence the reason I decided to sit, write, connect and get grounded tonight.
My therapist said to me “you’ve got to accept to connect“.. something I am holding onto during this break. No going inward, putting myself outward!
So far I have stayed connected to my support, to my friends, and I have checked in with them from time to time, and they have checked in with me from time to time, and I have to say it has kept me from losing ground and getting lost in the busyness that this week brings.
Staying grounded and staying connected is something I struggled with my whole life up until a few years ago. I would pull inward and thought it was the safest way to be. It was safe to be within myself and not allow anyone in.
Today I am the total opposite, I love to connect and be connected, but sometimes (moments like this around the holidays) I let the busyness pull me inward and tonight I needed to remind myself to – connect, write, and stay grounded.
We are here at home for the holidays this year and I have to say I am so happy with spending this Christmas in our own house. We have gone up to New Hampshire every year for the past 6 years, and I am glad this year we are hunkered up in our beautiful home, surrounded by our friends and each other.
I almost forgot what it’s like to have my own Christmas Eve party, so it’s nice being able to do that this year. I will connect with everyone down here this year and I am less stressed not having to travel.
I hope that all my friends have a beautiful Christmas Eve and Christmas.. I will blog when I get free time or when I need to sit and re-ground myself.. but until then, the cooking and wrapping awaits me.
December 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM
Hi Karen, Just taking a moment myself, to ground with my favorite blogs. I like the image of a tree rooting.
I also like this: trees are individuals above ground, but below ground their roots tap into the microscopic web of soil life, and if they are near other trees, their roots intertwine with the roots of other trees. Like they are holding hands underground.
I’m enjoying finishing up some gift making at home with my husband. He’s making a slide show of photos of highlights of our year. I’m bottling up some herbal tinctures I made, to be added to gift baskets for family members.
I’m putting into action all the encouraging words from you and other bloggers on the topics of balance and grounding and remembering the more important aspects of this holiday time.
I’m sending you warm thoughts and gratitude.
(I’ll send you our 2012 slide show via email)
December 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Hi Gel! Merry Christmas… I like the slideshow idea, that is UNIQUE! that is a gift I would love my husband to make me, I have over 10.000 photos though 🙂
Thank you for considering my blog one of your favorites.. that means a lot to me 🙂
It sounds like you are balancing yourself very well … and I hope you can continue to do that over the holidays 🙂 if not, well we are all here for each other to balance each other out 🙂
Remember – STAY CONNECTED 🙂
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas