“Repeat What Matters”….
It’s a simple little phrase but its simplicity has been my motto this Christmas Season. (That and “Light the World.”) It was a quote that came to me as I was listening to one of my favorite singers share some of her thoughts about one of her songs.
What matters? What really matters this season?
I included my thoughts and a few graphics on my December Daily pages.
(This is a little close up of the left side of my page.)
(This is a little close up of the right side.)
This year I wanted Christmas to be special…different somehow…Cole has been gone for two years and we are finally together as a a family. Woot Woot!! I envisioned skipping Christmas all together…seriously…no presents, no tree, no decorations. I wanted so desperately to whisk my family away to some exotic land never to return…
I tried. Really I did.
But it didn’t work out.
For a few days I was kind of mad. I felt a little like the Grinch that stole Christmas. But little by little I was pulled back to the beauty of all that life has to offer and the blessings that abound…
I’ve thought a lot over the past few weeks about our family’s traditions and the many ways in which we celebrate the holidays…baking cookies, singing Christmas carols, decorating the tree, etc. Many of these things have changed over the years and many have remained the same. It’s the ones that have remained the same that I cherish the most. Cori Connors states, “We rarely realize, when we are in the middle of life, how sacred and rare the every-day is. We come to cherish the good and simple things because they repeat. Repetition is essential in this human existence. There is something very eternal about it. We repeat what matters to us; and by looking at what we have repeated in our lives we can tell, in retrospect, what mattered to us. Every writer knows the value of repetition. So does God. We repeat the sacrament, we pray always, we forgive 70 times 7…”To that I would like to add…We rarely realize how sacred and and rare our Christmas celebrations are when we are in the middle of it. We are often so consumed in accomplishing all the tasks set before us that we hardly take the time to remember why it is we do so much. I’ve asked myself the question over and over again…”Of all these traditions…which do I wish to keep and hold onto and which do I choose to let go?” For me the answer is easy…I choose to keep and hold onto those traditions that draw us closer to Christ.
I wanted this story, this message, to be a part of my Christmas cards this year in some way. So I included it on an extra card. I also attached the quote…
“Repeat What Matters to Your Heart” on the back of one side.
Our Christmas celebrations are repetitive. We repeat over and over again many of the same things. We decorate the tree, we give presents, we attend gatherings and social events. We repeat those things that matter. What matters to you? What matters to your heart? Repeat those things.
If you are interested in the quote here is a zip file…
repeat-what-matters-elements zip file
Included in the file is one jpg image of the “repeat” quote on a white background that you can use as a filler card on your PL layouts. There are also two overlays of the quote. One in black lettering. The other in white lettering.
You can save these elements to dropbox and then upload them into the Letterglow app or the Over app. They can be used on all kinds of different backgrounds. Think of them as digital stamps.:)
Hope you enjoy!!
Much Love, Shilea