Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fog is NOT Cloudy

This morning, I drove to work in a thick, grey blanket of fog.

Let me show you......

Here's what I saw driving down the road today.......


Here's what I typically see.......

BIG DIFFERENCE. I think typically we think of fog as clouding our vision - blocking us from what we want to see. Well, it occurred to me that I was actually a better driver this morning because I wasn't distracted by all of the scenery, businesses, cars, police clocking speeders, or traffic up ahead. I simply had my complete attention focused on what was happening right in front of my face. I thought about this all the way to work on my 40 minute drive.

It's so easy to get wrapped up in life responsibilities, the mundane work at work, time stuck in traffic, finances and bills, and so on. Especially now with Christmas, and the holidays in general, it feels like sometimes it engulf me into a giddy spirit. One of "Everything is so wonderful, so great" when it may not be, and may suggest for me to go crazy to become the perfect Giada, Martha, Tori, Kate, Jackie O [insert your own holiday idol of perfection], ensuring I have the perfect holiday decor that rivals any home magazine, and making every effort to visit every Santa/snow machine around town. It can be stressful, and I can stuff that feeling down inside like we did to the turkey and the stuffing on Thanksgiving last month as it secretly eats away at my happiness. These distractions may blind me. I may lose sight of what is actually important - things that are right in front of my face.

This all reminds me of this Words of Wisdom post a few weeks ago.

Always, and especially with the holidays, life should be about family. About friends. About relationships. About blessings. About celebrating faith, God, Jesus. [Santa, step aside]

 I pledge that I will not let distractions get in the way of all that I have, love, and am blessed with. I will see the wonderful family, friends, and faith that are and have always been right there close beside me. I will look at everything that life is offering right now, and embrace it, wrapping it up in a big grey blanket of soft fluffy clouds cotton.

Bring on the fog!

11 comments :

Sweet Simplicity said...

That is some thick fog! You have a 40 minute commute? My goodness. I hope you are listening to a book on cd or something. :)

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

I liked this post a lot! I have a hard time focusing on the hear and now, or I get distracted by to many thing! I want to try and live more in the present! Thanks for the reminder!

Amy G. said...

I love that we posted about the same thing today. It's so true though! So here's to what's important :) Oh and I hope that the fog disappears for you tomorrow!

Shannon Marie said...

I can't believe I missed the fog! Glad you took some pictures so I could still experience it. Your post is so true- we talk about this all the time :) have a great day! xo

Married...with a Pup said...

Love this post! I try not to get so caught up in planning and the future; but it happens! And the fog is carazy!

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

Woah, that's a lot of fog! I love the Giada reference. Happy Thursday.

Emily Hester said...

Such a great thouhts BB! Glad we got to talk a little last night in all this hustle and bustle! LOVE YOU!

Jules said...

That is some serious fog. I never would have known there were mountains there unless you said something.

You're so right about taking a step back and enjoying the true meaning of the Christmas season. It's so easy to get caught up with shopping, baking and just the overall craziness of the holidays.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Oh foggy mornings are rough!

natasha {schue love} said...

Such a good way to look at things!! I love this!

Julip Made said...

This post is such a refreshing reminder this time of year. Often it is so easy to get caught up with try to be the Joneses or nowadays have your life be "pinable". In reality, it is so much better to let life happen and find those beautiful pinable moments organically.

 

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