The calm before the Christmas storm.

 The calm before the Christmas storm. Drawing Luke Hockley.

The calm before the Christmas storm. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Right now, I am enjoying the calm before the Christmas storm.

The Christmas storm is laughter and chaos and joy and people and food and presents and alcohol and sugar and jokes and tension and miscommunication and movies on the couch and walks with the dog and hugs and tears and missing people and family stories and sadness and kindness.

It is bookended with a moment of quietness.

In that quietness, I can see the beauty of the storm. I feel how it nourishes and challenges me. I appreciate the great gift of my family and am glad for this time I have with them every year.

If I can hold myself gently in the storm then it is so much fun, if I don’t then I can get thrown around quite a bit.

So, I will hold myself gently.

And feel the joy.

Love.

Luke.

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