Happy Christmas – Being Thankful & Having Time

“If you as an individual no longer found an identity from your thoughts, then you would break free of time and enter the sweetness and clarity of the timeless.”

— Bernie Prior

A Happy Christmas to you all. Oh, and a Happy Birthday to my Mum!

Sadly, I’m not with my family this year. Instead, I’ll be celebrating in Kenya in the heat -a far cry from the usual frost, fires and mince pies of the UK. Perhaps I’ll work off Christmas lunch with an afternoon kitesurf.

It’s a tough life.

Thinking of my absent family, I hope you celebrate what you have and who you’re with. Put your feet up and indulge in a little laziness. Enjoy taking some time away with people you love.

Here’s a thought-provoking post on why simplicity works, from someone who has been forced to adopt it for health reasons. It’s important to remember our own mortality.

I don’t need any presents – this year has already treated me well enough. Here’s a few things I’m thankful for:

  • My health.
  • That I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to explore simplicity this last year without worrying about where my next meal was coming from.
  • For all my family and friends, some of whom have visited me out in San Francisco and Kenya whilst I’ve been living ‘elsewhere’ this year.
  • Time.

Each of us battle with time. Too many of my previous years have felt like the Pink Floyd song:

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the english way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say

Pink Floyd – Time

It’s a fight that I’ve been on top of this year. This year, I’ve had more time than ever before. Sometimes it’s felt like too much. More often, it’s still not enough. Obviously, in reality, it’s been the same as every other.

If you don’t enjoy the passing of time, if you always feel that you could have achieved more and that there’s more to do, my sense is that you’ll never truly be happy.

Enjoy this moment, right now. It’s your present.

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