By about this time in December – the Sagittarian time of excess in all we do (shopping, spending, socializing, busy-ing ~ more, more, more!) I begin to long for the Capricornian austerities of January. As I buy one more thing, eat one more outrageous food, prepare for one more social event, I am glad for the cyclical nature of life, knowing that it will soon enough be balanced by more simplicity.
I used to think that it would be nice if things were more spread out – if the bright lights of December were dimmed just a bit so that January wouldn’t be so cold and dark. However, it seems that there is something that draws us inexorably towards these extremes.
I’m seeing it now as I revel in unemployment after a very long stretch of working with hardly any time off. It’s odd this world of being an IT contractor and the oddness is just this same cyclical nature of things – lots of money followed by none, no time off followed by an ocean of it.
And just as I begin to long for January before Christmas has even arrived, so too there comes a time in my longed-for time off when I’m eager to get back to work. I’m not there yet this time around (this being the start of week two of the longed-for time off) but I’m quite aware that it will come and so I don’t try to grasp these precious days of indolence, rather just to enjoy them.
What I know is this: I can trust the process. I can “be here now” as Ram Dass instructed. Ecclesiastes had this right – “to every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”
Be with the busy-ness, the surfeit, the calories, the credit cards. But more importantly – be with the people you love, the fellowship, the connection, the magic and the wonder. It’s a moment in time – savor it all.