when joy is enough

Now that I make my schedule, one would think I would have more time but some reason there is less. And so this year I am behind. 

After poring over layouts and templates from Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Pear Greetings–there are too many to list–I finally choose a design and a message for my Christmas card mailing.


With fresh eyes, I look over the proof. I am in every photo, sometimes alone, sometimes with a loved one, or a mountain. There is one of Finn asleep on the chaise lounge. I bite back the embarrassment, the shame, I swallow and embrace the pride. I remind myself that my accomplishments are my own. There is no external validation needed from relatives, from spouses, children or grandchildren. I am enough; my joy is enough.

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi

I hit send.


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