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Press “Pause” and Enjoy the Present December 21, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

As a child, Christmas morning garnered my  attention and held it in its sticky peppermint scented fist until the last wrapping fell away from secrets hidden for days within enticing boxes, bags, bows, ribbons, and tags.

As we tidied up from the unwrapping frenzy, an immediate feeling of loss would overwhelm me.

It’s over. 


We~shan’t~see~it~again~for~three~ hundred~sixty~five~whole~days.

As an adult, that “It’s Over” moment beckons me forward as we exchange  Christmas cards, gifts, and greetings. 

Once “It’s Over” . . . I inhale the scents (and sense) of the season anew. 

As the wrappings are cleared away, seasonal obligations and responsibilities fall away as well.  

No more cards to send.  No presents to wrap.  No secrets to keep.

And . . . an entire week of Sundays before New Year’s Resolutions must be made (if only to shatter in short order).

If you, like me, love the lull between Christmas Day and the dawning of the New Year . . . 

If you embrace that pause in the hectic pace of life by curling up with a favorite book, new or old . . .

If you need some ideas for your list of “must reads” . . .

Swing by Write Up My Life and savor Julie’s 200th post:  200 Of My Most Favorite Books

Her list is a delight, organized by category, with ten enticing choices in each, and a bonus category to boot.

Press “Pause” and enjoy the Gift of NOW ~ the best Present of the year.

Related posts: 100 Books *  The Clean Book(Plate) Club * Oprah’s Book Club


1. duke1959 - December 21, 2010


nrhatch - December 21, 2010

Reading through Julie’s list brought back many happy reading hours.

2. Booksphotographsandartwork - December 21, 2010

I love to see other peoples reading lists and it looks like I have a lot of reading to do.

nrhatch - December 21, 2010

Me too!

3. Cindy - December 22, 2010

Thanks for the link *eyes pile of unread books on desk guiltily*

nrhatch - December 22, 2010

2011 is the year of the book!

I’m going to read ALL the books on my bookcases that haven’t already been consumed by my eyes.

4. Julie - December 22, 2010


Thanks so much for linking to my post. I’m glad you enjoyed the list. I’m always fascinated to look at other people’s book shelves and “best of” lists. I have so much fun writing those posts.

Merry Christmas!

nrhatch - December 22, 2010

You’re welcome. I love sharing reading lists ~ they always bring back happy memories for me.

One day, I need to create my own top books list. Maybe a New Year’s Resolution?

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