There are many elements to my character I'm not proud of. One of them is that I find it difficult to not say "yes" — leading to a ridiculous busyness that seems to even get in the way of itself. The day job keeps me going; the little sidelines are fun but often include missed deadlines; the writing I throw at the world here becomes inane as I discover that all my words get taken up by paid work and when I sit down to write for me (which is all I ever hoped for this site) it's become a drudge and the best I can do is chuck out a daft pun or another dull post about computers or gadgets; my understanding of 'important' gets skewed; relationships suffer...
Of course the other side of it is that I'm privileged in many ways: the people I encounter everyday, the comfort of my life, the opportunities I'm given and the experiences I find. I say "yes" because I can, and that's not a state to be taken for granted.
But in my busyness, what do I miss?
beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. the least we can do is try to be there.
Through the season of Advent we commit to seeking to notice the wonder around us, the 'beauty and grace' that God showers the world with whether we see it or not — he's like that. Which will mean lifting my head from the busyness in front of me, looking around and allowing my awareness to breathe.