The Comfort of Routine

As eventful as the holidays are and as much as we look forward to them, by the time the middle of January rolls around we gladly welcome and embrace the comfort of our usual daily activities that form part of our life’s routine. We like, need and even start to crave routine when we don’t have it. This is because we gain comfort in the familiar. The usual goings-on provide us with a sense of grounding. The rhythm of predictability gives us the feeling of order and makes us feel in control. There is, however, a tipping point associated with routine. As time goes on, day after day the predictability starts to become monotonous and boring.  There comes a point when it no longer provides us any comfort and we need a break from our routine. Routine, like many other...

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Gatherings

It is that time of year when plans are made to gather. Family and friends from near and far get together to celebrate, to connect and to create new memories. We eagerly awake these moments. Favourite traditional dishes are prepared, meals are shared and stories are told. We gather to exchange stories, to get caught up with one another. After the meal is done, the board games are won all that is left are new stories for us to reminisce on the next time we gather.  We unite to build and strengthen bonds that sustain us when we are away from each other. Here are some reflections on gatherings: Gathering We gather to come Together here Arriving home To the place where We are from We assemble away From somewhere else Aligned in the light of day Collecting what was...

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