I have no idea why I am up at 1:44 a.m. on Christmas morn. Other than I can’t sleep, I have no reason to be up. I’m not doing it big this year. Actually, I’m not doing anything at all. My budget allows for no gifts this year, so I’m just sharing and spreading love, peace and thankfulness for life, grace and mercy with my physical presence and loving attentiveness.
Actually, I’ve been up all day, completing job profiles in hopes that I can land some contract or freelance writing assignments for the new year. And then it dawned on me, that everything has just stopped, so why am I up in the middle of the night looking for work on Christmas Eve/Morn. Hiring managers are with their families, enjoying down time, exchanging gifts, engaged in old traditions or creating new holiday memories. No one is going to look at a resume or job board until the new year, let alone call someone for an interview. But then I visited Craigslist, and I noticed that people were still posting resumes, offering business services, and basically some practically begging in need of work and cash money before the new year. I wasn’t getting the impression that people want money to buy gifts, but they are trying to survive in preparation for January to pay their mortgage or rent, utilities, and groceries. But it’s Craigslist and you don’t really know what’s legitimate and what’s not.
But here’s what I do know…the activity on the site was very telling in that time continually moves forward even if a very large population has stopped for a few hours to relax, spread goodwill and celebrate for Christmas. There are people in need; people still on the grind. It never really stops for some, does it?
Of course the answer is no, but sometimes you have to make it stop to get off, gain perspective and create new clarity on what’s really important. And that’s what this time of year does for many people. It allows them to connect to what really matters in life amidst successes, failures, and uncertainty because no matter what is going on, time is constant and is always moving forward, never backwards, never waiting on anyone.
So, as I sign off the computer for the night (or morn), I’m intentionally and consciously stopping my search for freelance projects and refocusing my attention to family. I’m also wishing everyone a Merry Christmas or Happy Whatever Brings You Peace and Joy right in this very moment. I will see you back on the grind soon, maybe as early as December 26. Peace…