It’s not that time of the year without pumpkins and ghostly figures displayed in every store here. Of course, Christmas lights along with figures of Santa clause and snowman are twinkling, too. Sales banners are up too in all the stores, one might even think that stuff is given out for free.
That’s the magic of this time of the year.
We cannot forget the year-end reviews, reflections, introspections, a last-minute refocus to accomplish the goals that we set at the beginning of the year. Such haste and hustle to give one last shot to the year that will get into the pages of yesterday’s soon.
Slow down. That was the one goal I had at the start of 2019 – slow-down, take it easy and take care of myself. I can say that although some days fell short of slow and care, most of the days I succeeded in remembering the need to take it easy.
Slow and steady wins the race – goes the saying. I can’t claim myself as a winner. But in more ways than one I won. I won my trust in myself. By telling myself to slow down, I was actually able to accomplish a lot more than I would have otherwise. That was a very liberating learning I had this year. I didn’t feel panicky, at least most of the time. I didn’t compare my progress with someone else’s which is a huge accomplishment. And for that, I am extremely grateful.
Yet, somewhere along I lost my way. The first half of the year went well. Toward the last week of July, my back pain started to take control of my days. My motivation and energy diminished and I couldn’t do much though I did take it easy.
I do have a feeling of disappointment as I am not able to do everything the way I want to. Still, I can’t help but feel a familiar air of excitement that enfolds me this time of the year. It’s not so hot outside, slowly winter is approaching, malls and stores will adorn decorations and soon it will be our anniversary and Kanna’s birthday and then the new year.
I will be sitting down to figure out my progress so far and goals for 2020. I am grateful for 2019, a year I learned the profound lesson of taking it easy -slowing down doesn’t mean not getting things done; it simply means getting things done gradually and without causing stress. After all, this year saw me as an author which is a big deal to me. If you haven’t read my book – Void Thoughts a collection of poems – *click here to buy from Amazon India and *click here to buy from Amazon US.
I feel good at this time of the year like watching a beautiful sunset slowly spreading its red, orange, yellow, and purple hues all around, drenching us with a feeling of the end, yet radiating the promise of a new dawn, new beginning all over again.
Do you feel the same way?
This post is written as part of the #WordsMatter blog hop, organized by Corinne, Shalini, and Parul, where 38 of us are coming together to share our musings on the prompt ‘ It’s not that time of the year without… ’. I received this tag from Shinjini at Modern Gypsy and it’s my pleasure to pass on this tag to Rachna at Rachna Says.
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