Making It Through December


As I sit at the end of a challenging day, I ponder the stress of December, and wonder what I can do to ease my struggle. December is a lovely month, though a busy one, and sometimes my body isn’t cooperative. Neither are circumstances. Sometimes I think things are settled and controlled. Then life swerves a bit and I recall the impermanence of it all. And there, in that last sentence, lies the beauty and truth of it all. The impermanence.

We do our best to convince ourselves that we can set a course, grab moments, keep things still. When things go awry, we struggle with the lack of seeming control. It’s my expectations that get me down. My tendency to see things as fixed and forever.

Impermanence means the struggle isn’t set in stone. That frees me up for resting in the knowledge that I’ll get another chance tomorrow. And I’m lucky for each new day, every new opportunity, every precious fluctuating human emotion.

I sat down tonight to write on the prompt “bright”. I’m not sure I did that, but I did slap a photo at the top, of a few of our holiday treasures. Enjoy. And may tomorrow be bright.

*Welcome to December! I’ll be writing daily this month, using Write Alm’s prompts, located here-

6 Replies to “Making It Through December”

  1. This is a lovely thing to remember on a hard day. The tough times, especially, are impermanent. They will pass, and there’s a brighter tomorrow. Every day. xoxo

    1. Thank you, Sarah. I’m so beat tonight. The stress began this morning and never let up. I hope to see the sun tomorrow morning, and will accept the challenge of trying my best, as always. <3

  2. What a beautiful picture. Usually December is a very stressful time for me….I want everything to be perfect & beautiful for my little one. With my due date with our baby having been December 10th I panicked a little. She came 3 weeks early & I have to say so far this has been a very relaxed month. It easily could have gone the other way bringing out my anxiety & stress. Instead I’m finding it low key & I’m actually embracing the simplicity of it instead of going crazy that it isn’t how I envisioned the holiday season. Lots of things have fallen by the wayside this year but so far I’m not minding!

  3. I love how you are able to put into words the feelings and thoughts of so many. I feel the stuggle, the stress, the breakthrough, the optimism for a bright new day. Thank you for that!

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