December 7, 2022 by Walt Shelton

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“Senses” to Cultivate During Christmas and All Seasons of Life

I love the Christmas and holiday season for several reasons. Chief among them are the heightened senses and feelings of calm, slowing down my daily pace, and paying closer attention to people and things that I love dearly. 

Although Christmas can be a time of rushing around for many people, I embrace more of a sense of calm with a break from work and more time with loved ones. I tend to move with greater ease and experience less potential dispersion of thinking about or trying to do too many things at once. I also experience the important sensation of paying more focused attention to people around me, things I enjoy, and true priorities in life. 

Calmer, less rushed, and more focused living are aspirations for all seasons. The deep sense of each at Christmas time motivates me to commit to the intentional work to make these “senses” habits during all seasons of the year and life, one day at a time. The result I am after is living in a sequential manner, focusing on one person or activity at a time to give it my solitary attention and best self and effort. God reminds me of the re-birth and necessity of commitment to these aspirations, with a resulting deeper experience of wellbeing and a more accurate walk along the narrow path of following Christ.

Walt Shelton 

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