A habit of earnestness: a sincere and intense conviction.
These days, even during the holiday season, people are either shying away from earnest conviction and skirting the fringes of what they believe, or they are flat-out laying it all out there in a rebellious attempt to be heard.
We’re all just going about our days here in Alabama in the name of "busyness," and I would venture to say that not much of that is done with "earnestness."
What is your "earnest conviction"? What do you feel strongly about, that others have pushed you into hiding in your "busyness"?
I watch as we are all busy shopping, wrapping, planning elaborate celebrations, maybe doing an angel thing here or there, and we throw our hands up, frustrated and stressed at long lines and lack of service. But …
Right now, there are still families busy digging through rubble to even prove that their homes existed. Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida residents are still busy, trying to find a way to get back to business as usual.
Busy is a dangerous word. It will consume you, and take years from your lives with your kids. Suddenly, you will look up and the oldest is 24, and you have a 21-year-old embarking on being an adult. As you look through the photo albums, you’ll wonder what you were so dang busy about.
What can you get busy about this month? Stop the presents wrapping, and start wrapping your arms around those who just need you to look at them. My children have told me this over and over. "Mom, Listen!"
What if we just get busy noticing and listening?
What a wonderful world that will be.
Blessings, and Merry Christmas, and whatever that earnest holiday is for you, EMBRACE IT, speak about it, share it with others who celebrate different things than you. It's OK! We might just all learn that most of them are celebrated in some form of love. What is the harm in embracing that?
Allison Adams, Realtor.
The 12 Days of Christmas Giving, illustrated and written by Allison, can be read in its entirety for free or ordered at southernscribblings.com.