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First of all, my apologies for my absence.  All is well but all has also been super busy. I’ve finished rewriting another book with perhaps one more rewrite to go.  I auditioned for a new writing job.  Should hear about that in a day or two. There’s been a retreat and a craft fair and . . .

I was simply tapped out, but it took me some time to realize it.

In the meantime, I was crabby.  Really, really crabby.

And quick to anger and each time I would lose my temper James 1: 19 would pop into my head. “Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”  But that didn’t help.

What did help?  Taking a break.

Whether we are in the middle of summer or at the beginning of the Advent season, peace doesn’t just happen.  Like Calvin says here, you have to go after it with energy.

Pursue it.  And how do you pursue peace?  In my case, I had to disconnect.

What does it take for you to have peace during Advent or any other time of year?  Are you an extrovert who finds your energy in crowds?  I don’t get it but if that’s the case, go out and mingle!  This time of year, music programs abound.  Check your local library for a class or other program.

Are you an introvert who needs space and quiet and a lack of busy-ness?  Grab onto a quiet time each day.  Light a candle and meditate.  Sip the hot beverage of your choice.  Paint a bathroom wall.  No seriously – “sorry, wet paint brush in hand . . . I can’t come out an deal with that right now.”

Whatever it takes, pursue it.

–SueBE

 

Have a Mary Little Christmas

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