Sit quietly in a room
“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
― Blaise Pascal
For decades, every year until this one, I have spent much time meticulously decorating our Christmas tree, a sort of yearly scrapbook with an ever-growing collection of ornaments, each representing a memory. I often question whether this is something on which I should spend so much time, because it seems to me that hardly anyone ever sits by the fire to enjoy the tree. But Gloria, my husband’s aunt and one of my dearest friends, is an exception to this. She has spent several Christmases with us, and she never fails to spend much time sitting by the tree (with Pasha nearby) simply enjoying its unique splendor.
Amidst the rush of the season, I hope we will all pause for some quiet moments alone. If you decorate for the season (or even if you do not), take a few minutes to sit quietly in a room and reflect on things that often go unnoticed. Such moments of solitude and contemplation enhance our appreciation of the festive, noisy gatherings of December.