I spent my holidays doing the mundane and am better for it. I’d love to share some deeply philosophical reflection of inner discovery, but so many other people do that so much better than I do.
Instead – let me share the virtue of the mundane.
I did not:
- go on a hot tropical vacation – since we were having what I called ‘Winnipeg’ Christmas temperatures, that may have been a miss.
- go skiing – given our “frickin’ freezin'” weather (see above) – that seemed like a smart choice.
- go to the mall – my teenager daughter successfully covered that base on my behalf (several times).
What I did do…
- Read a really enjoyable book. I dedicated more than one day to couch surfing, eating Christmas treats and reading my book. I read Ken Follet’s “Column of Fire” and thoroughly enjoyed the dive into Elizabethan England religious / political affairs.
- I did not get out my pyjamas before noon for the better part of 10 days. When you are dedicated to a book, it is difficult to see why pyjamas are not part of the picture.
- I built an infuriatingly difficult puzzle. Who knew the silly little pug puzzle would be damn difficult? I literally could not move on to anything constructive until I had conquered that ridiculous set of coloured cardboard pieces.
- I hosted parties. I love bringing together old friends and new friends, family and interesting people. So – I hosted a couple of parties – both formal and informal. I am endlessly grateful to those who trust me enough to show up for my food experiments.
- I made beef wellington! I’m not sure if that qualifies as mundane. Butchering a $120 piece of meat to prepare it for it’s to be ‘wellington state’ was angst provoking. Ultimately – delicious and rewarding.
- I sent Christmas emails to my friends and family (you know – those people you only connect with 1 or 2 times a year). And in return, I received such wonderful messages back. Sometimes we forget about the real intent and purpose of the holidays.
- I finished my Certified ToP Facilitator portfolio. This was a HUGE amount of work and while not really in the spirit of book and puzzle, could definitely be done in my pyjamas. My assessment will happen very soon and then I will be acknowledged as skilled in the Technology of Participation facilitation methods… my go to method for its ability to enable clear thought.
- I cooked new recipes from a new cook book. Really one of the most fun things to do. Worst case scenario – never cook it again, or put differently, this too shall pass.
And so the point of all this … I had my personal time, my downtime, my regeneration time, and my family and friend times. Honestly – 2017 was just so interesting, unexpected and challenging that a good bout of the mundane was utterly necessary.
And now… I am pretty jazzed about 2018
… and therein lies the virtue of the mundane.