Wednesday, January 2, 2019
The lights were removed, the special ornaments were carefully packed away and the star was clipped from the top. Now that the holiday was over, the family Christmas tree was taken down; there was no need to keep it around. As the dry, brittle needles were falling off, it was thrown haphazardly into the yard.
Just days ago, the tree was the center of the celebration. The entire family danced and sang. They held hands around it. They lit candles and prayed. The children fell asleep under the lights while mom and dad toasted with champagne.
As you let go of one celebration, you begin another. As you accomplish one dream, you start a new one. The Christmas tree was part of one celebration only to become the firewood of another celebration later in the year. And as you hold hands and sing around the fire in the back yard, you are in this moment right now. Look closely, and you will see a bit of tinsel in the flames and be reminded of what was and what can be.
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - Buddha