387. Christmas Gift

Christmas days should allow for reflection, no matter how much – or how little – you ‘have to’ do otherwise.

As before, I will turn to one of my own great inspirations, John O’Donohue, and let him share a reflection worthy of a Christmas day.

A really good gift, in fact.

Frequently, beauty is playful like dancing sunlight, it cannot be predicted, and in the most unlikely scene or situation can suddenly emerge. This spontaneity and playfulness often subverts our self-importance and throws our plans and intentions into disarray. Without intending it, we find ourselves coming alive with a sense of celebration and delight. The pedestrian sequence of a working day breaks, a new door opens and the heart recognizes the silent majesty of the ordinary. The things we never notice, like health, friends and love, emerge from their subdued presence and stand out in their true radiance as gifts we could never have earned or achieved.

– John O’Donohue, Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace