One year ago, I wrote this post “post” holidays…and to be honest, the changes I hoped to have made haven’t happened…a little here, a little there, yes. But I’m still so far from what I hoped I’d be at the end of 2012. Then, yesterday while sitting near the lazy river at an indoor water park, I took a few minutes to read my friend’s wise words from her blog where she addressed the issue of stress…how it sneaks up on you so craftily that you get used to it and don’t recognize the damage it does (to your life and health) until it’s too late. So, I’m thinking 2013 is going to be a year of pulling back, slowing down, quieting down (from the inside out.) And, if I can manage that discipline I won’t be holding my breath in anticipation of the next shoe falling. I might actually sail right through the seasons, smiling as I go.

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Underwater photos can be so revealing.

They tell you who feels comfortable opening their eyes (and smiling) without fear of drinking in the liquid stuff. It’s obvious to onlookers who’s struggling and who isn’t (isn’t it?)

Looking at this photo reminded me of how much I’ve been holding my breath lately (and trying to smile through the rough times.)

News of another job loss (or the failure to get another position.)
Word of a friend’s cancer diagnosis.
Hearing about a friend’s parents who are on the steep decline as they age.
Friends (or family) who are fighting it out.

Seems like the holidays don’t always bring tidings of comfort and joy.

On the one hand, I want to enjoy the season and breathe in deeply all the good it has to offer, remembering why we celebrate in the first place…

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