So, how are you doing with your holiday intentions? Have you set clear intentions? Have you written a wish list? Have you communicated your wishes with your family? Have you created new rituals? Celebrated traditions? Read my first, second and third posts about how we created a meaningful celebration in our tiny house.
We just completed our ritual of deep cleaning before December 1st. This late-fall deep cleaning really helps me to feel grounded and peaceful in our home as we prepare to bring in decorations and gifts. Washing the windows made the greatest impact. In many religious traditions, this season is associated with light, so washing the windows is a sort of ritual. I am amazed at how much more light pours into our tiny house now. I celebrate any extra light at this time of year!
Give the Gift of Connection
Our tiny house has taught me that connection is more important than stuff.I feel grateful for our tiny house since this lifestyle leaves me with time to devote to making deeper connections with my friends and family. These connections give me a sense of community. In my experience, cultivating a community takes reaching out, sharing simple activities and helping each other with the mundane. The mundane can be a lot of fun when done with a friend in a connected way.
Some of my favorite moments are spent one-on-one with dear friends. I’d like to cultivate more of that in my life, so I am making gift certificates for my local friends. They say things like:
- good for one coffee date,
- good for one hike,
- good for one hot tub soak,
- good for one afternoon of garden help,
- good for help with canning,
- and good for one morning of house cleaning help.
The small print reads: There’s more where this came from. I will also include a personalized message like this:
This year is my year of connection. I am focusing on making deeper connections in my life and cultivating community. I consider you a dear friend and would like to deepen our connection this year, so this gift to you is also a gift to myself. I look forward to learning more about you and sharing connected moments with you in 2013. Thank you for making my life special by just being you.
How do you cultivate connection in your life? I wish you many connected moments with your community!