Wednesday Hodgepodge: 22-24 November 2017

Late again ...

The Wednesday Hodgepodge appears courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1. Tradition...how tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma's, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?

Thanksgiving and Christmas are usually spent with either my parents or my in-laws.    There are some traditional foods at each table.   

I've never had to spend a holiday away from family.   The first time that I spent a holiday with my beloved's family instead of mine was really hard.   But such is one of the great passages of time.

2. Help...is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing?

It largely depends on the task.   I can usually tell when I'm beyond my capabilities and will ask for help in those places.   When I can do it myself, I do.

Of course, I'm also a leader in many places in my life, and being a do-it-yourselfer means that I'm not doing my job in helping to train others to do that job.   Alas, doing so often takes more time and effort than simply doing it myself, which is the trap.   

3. Abundance...what is there an abundance of in your kitchen?

Dirty dishes.   Always.

4. Name...the smallest thing you're thankful for? the biggest?

Gee, nothing like pressure to identify "smallest" and "largest" ...

Largest?  Salvation.   (Is there anything bigger than God?  Seriously?)

Smallest?  See, here's where I don't know how to answer ... because what's "small" for me might be "huge" for someone else.   Running water?   A library full of unread books?   Plenty of people don't have either.

5. Key...What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?

I wish I had a good understanding of that right now.   I used to think that it was simply a matter of better memory.   

To the point: right now, I'm not feeling terribly grateful, because all the trials I'm dealing with are obscuring my ability to appreciate the things that I have.   And when I see other people participating in "gratitude memes", I feel guilty for it.   So now I'm both ungrateful and guilty.  

6. State your own random thought here.

I'm largely taking the weekend off ... because the march to the end of the semester, coupled with Advent, is going to be incredibly stressful.  It has been every year for the last several years, and I don't know what can be done to change it.

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