On the first day of December, Trisha gave to me …

December is traditionally a hard month for me. I have to really work and really, really concentrate to make it not suck.


The end of the year and the holiday season makes me morose somehow. I count loses, new and old. The commercialism and busyness makes me anxious. I am tempted by foods that are not good for my jerk of a stomach and tend to feel terrible. I dig in my heals and try to endure — enjoyment is out of the question — and breathe a sigh of relief when January finally rolls around.

But I want this December to be different. I want to enjoy the season, not dread it. I want to be present, not living for when it’s all over. I want to feel the magic that December used to hold for me, when I was young and dumb and before life got in the way.

So here’s the plan: Every day in December, I am going to post a wish for us. Nothing long or complicated, just simple thoughts that represent the spirit of the holiday season. Little gifts to myself and for you.

And my first wish:


“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It mean to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” –Unknown

Peace in our hearts today and throughout December, peace in the world — or at least our little corner of it — and peace with the lessons life has given us that have made us who we are and brought us to this point today.

It’s contrary to what is actually going on out there (especially in America, with Captain Chaos at the helm), but. Still. I believe in peace. I hope for peace. I crave peace.

Today, I’m wishing us peace.

8 thoughts on “On the first day of December, Trisha gave to me …

  1. Chris N says:

    I love your description of ‘Captain Chaos’.
    It’s all so freaking scary. Now the GOP tax bill due to pass..Ugh,, some days its just hard to get thru.
    I want peace too and maybe some ice cream.


  2. jeannesutter says:

    I hear you! My dad had a retail business and he made 75% of his business income in 25% of the year. The day after Thanksgiving until Christmas eve meant work and stress. I tend to feel a little sad and lonely this time of year for no real reason, it’s just never resonated as the most wonderful time of the year. I wish I had enough time and money to travel during December, just pack up and experience the season somewhere else that isn’t completely consumer driven. I hope this month begins and remains peaceful for you!


    • Trisha Walker says:

      My sister-in-law was telling me yesterday how cranky she was, and I was like, “But it’s the happiest time of the year!” and she actually sneered. That’s why I love her so much — she’s a real person. 😉 I’m convinced most of the problem is that we’re sold this bill of goods that we’re supposed to be having so much fun, be so happy, but the reality isn’t that glossy.

      It was a pretty peaceful day — even if I did have to scream a couple of times, “I’M CHOOSING PEACE.” LOL


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