Yes, life is like a runaway train. I for one am always running to catch the train both literally and in the metaphorical sense. The complaint of busyness becomes even more commonplace at this time of year, life is bursting at the seams and I might just burst at the seams too if I don’t start to hold back from mainlining chocolate to get me through the days. If you’re like me, the temptation can be to overly focus on how busy you are in a vat of self-pity, but as the song goes “there’s a world outside your window” and there are different ways of doing things.
As I said the other day, Christmas has become more and more over the top these days, but I have noticed more of a leaning towards trying to do more for others during the festive period. Lets hope this continues. Also, can I let you into a secret? Doing something to help someone else can also have positive implications for you. One example springs to mind immediately. For the past few years, I have chosen to give money to a charity rather than to send Christmas cards. At first this seemed risky, cause I worried about offending people and potentially receiving cards when I hadn’t sent them myself. However, I have been pleasantly surprised to find that most people think this is a great idea. Furthermore, whilst I feel pleased that I have managed to do something for people genuinely in need, I am going to admit to being overjoyed at not having to spend hours writing Christmas cards.
I’ve just thought of a second example. This year I haven’t dared put our full array of decorations up, the reason being that our eleven month old puppy can not be trusted. I suspect that if we dared to have fairy lights and tinsel in his vicinity, it would result in an extremely stressful and expensive vet visit as well as lots of mess. So whilst I admit that the house looks a little sparse (decorations comprise a three-foot blue artificial Christmas tree, a Christmas card holder and a small reindeer), some would say that the decorations are refreshingly unfussy and the simple tree is quite calming in its blueness. Furthermore, the decorations wont take any time to take down and are unlikely to get damaged.
Another example is baking, or in my case lack of baking. In years gone by (do please bear in mind that I have not done all the things I am about to mention in any one year or every year), I have baked Christmas cake and festive brownies, made chutney to give as gifts, been inventive with vegetable side orders and experimented with different mince-pie toppings. This year I have decided to leave some things to Mr Kipling. Whilst I have some guilt about not attempting to do Christmas properly, I know that I am saving time and money, unfortunately baking is not cheap.
I’m not promising that taking a few short cuts will stop you running for the train, but you might just be able to slow your pace a little. Of course, it might be that you read this post and say “who taught you this laziness? Lucy Davies”. For those of you who dont know, Lucy Davies isn’t a naughty elf, she is an old childhood friend of mine who my Mother was once convinced had taught me to be rude.