I don't take the time to write here often enough and when I do it seems that there are too many common themes. So if you've heard a version of this before, please forgive me and don't further waste your time.
One of the things I used to treasure was 'alone' time in my car. It was my refuge from life and a chance to be alone with my thoughts. But in these days of wireless phones and bluetooth headsets and email alerts and text messages, the car has mostly just become an extension of the rest of life. Most times that's a good thing - because it allows me to continue to accomplish things and stay in touch. But sometimes its nice to have a break - and last night was one of those times.
I had my car in for service the other day, and took the phone charger out to put into the other car. I failed to put it back and found that I had a depleted battery and no charger - so suddenly it was like the 'good old days' - me and my thoughts and nothing else. I put on the radio but there wasn't a whole lot to keep me company, so on a whim I pressed 'play' on the CD to see what disc I had in the player.
Initially I was shocked to find that I still had a Christmas disc loaded - and at first I started to scramble for something else to listen to. But after a few moments I simply let it play - and the longer it did, the wider my smile became.
So here, just a day or two before the official start of summer, I turned up the music and lost myself in the spirit of a season and a state of mind that too often we reserve for only a limited part of the year. And by the time I reached my destination, my load seemed lighter and my outlook brighter than it had when I got in the car.
I think I'll keep that disc loaded and ready. I don't know when the next chance will be for me to lose myself in the spirit of Christmas and a general feeling of warmth and peace again, but for now my heart rests a little more easy - and the magic of that season lives within me - even without a blanket of snow and a 'silent' night.
I hope that the peace and calm and warmth of the Holidays visit you at unexpected times and in unexpected ways - and that your heart smiles as a result.