Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Celebrating Imperfections

Not all moments in life are Hallmark ones although I must admit that thought is appealing. While preparing for the holidays, visions of a sugar plum "perfect" Christmas as often seen on the Hallmark channel kept popping in my head. Creating the ambience for a warm holiday home certainly helped set the mood but did not assist in navigating through life's issues. 



Looking back, I once again realize that all that the glitter is not what makes a Christmas special. The reason for the season is not about perfection but about celebrating the imperfections, the snags, the realities of daily living. Today, I celebrate the imperfections of holiday hustle and bustle that broke the flow. Reality poked holes in preparation time when the electronic panel on my stove broke down. The water once again leaked under the utility sink and the connectivity issues in the house loomed while I was designing Autumn's Palette GalleryBeyond these glitches, I found a message. Hope brings each new day joy if you believe in possibilities, recognize the importance of family connections and the power of faith that binds.
"Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and downs, but that's its beauty." 
~Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird
I thank Ruth Ayres at Celebrate This Week for her thoughtful post, Messy Christmas. It let me step back to ponder on this week's Holy Family Sunday homily about a teenage mom who bore a son in a barn filled with animals while her husband faithfully stood by her. Although this scene is not your "perfect" delivery picture it is powerful in its simplicity and message. Despite the angst and discord of the world there is hope and belief in possibilities. Faith allows the imperfections of life to become reflective vehicles as we transverse the roads of each day's journey.

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