It Wasn’t the End of the World; It Was Only the Beginning


Well, December 21, 2012, was predicted to be the end of the world, but as I sit here on December 22 sipping hot green tea in my pajamas, I am going to hazard a guess that rumors of the end of the world were greatly exaggerated or that the afterlife looks a lot like my current life.  Either way, I am enjoying a quiet, yet cold, winter morning and thinking about what the one thing I did yesterday for myself and someone else.

In addition to yesterday being touted as the end of the world, it also was one of my best friend’s birthdays, and it happened to be his 50th birthday at that.  My daughters loved the fact that his birthday was on the same day that the world was supposed to end, and they made their own prediction that as soon as he blew out his candles, the world would cease to exist.  Wood and I have been friends for about ten years, and I can honestly say that some of the absolutely funniest and most fun times I have had during this past decade have been with him and because of him.  He is a joyful presence in my life, so, it was an honor and a pleasure to celebrate his birthday with him and another friend. 

We went out for dinner and drinks, and as always, there was lots of laughter and lively conversation.  I love to celebrate good times with good people, so, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to treat him to an evening out on his special day.  It was more than the gifts and what not, as the time we spent celebrating, remembering past hijinks, and creating new memories were the greatest gifts I could offer to him.  It wasn’t the end of the world, as it was the beginning of another year and decade, and I am sure that the best is yet to come.

The gift I gave to myself yesterday was the gift of rest.  It was a very busy and long week at work, as I got ready to take off for the rest of December and to get ready for Christmas at home, and I have been fighting a cold.  At a time when I need to feel my best, I have felt at my worst, and my poor sleep, eating, and exercise habits only added to that feeling.  When I got home from yesterday afternoon, I decided to take a brief nap, instead of tackling the rest of my ‘to do’ list.  I fell asleep almost instantly, and I woke up about forty minutes later feeling a bit better.  Too often, I forego my healthy habits when I need them the most, and that nap reminded me how good it feels to take care of my basic needs.  It also reminded me that self-care is not a luxury, it is a necessity.  There’s definitely more of that on tap today.

So, now, that we were given the gift of another day, let’s seize it and enjoy it.  Here’s to time off and time to do more good for myself and for others!

Just one thing each day . . .

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