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Day 24: O Christmas Tree

Posted on: December 24, 2012

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Happy Christmas Eve!!! Day 24 already – wow! Now, obviously, most advent calendars only have 24 windows, or 25 at most…but I have been absolutely blown away by the generosity of people contributing posts to share their reflections and resolutions and also the positive feedback on the series (it’s ace because you lot are!) So today’s post is not the last in the series, I will continue posting daily until the guest posts have all been published…which is likely to take us into the first week of January 2013!

Today’s wonderfully festive post is by Alison Smith, found on Twitter as @alisonrbcm or at her website.


I’m getting very excited as the time to decorate my Christmas tree approaches. As I do I share reflections and resolutions that it brings to mind.

The Tree – I love buying a real rather than artificial Christmas tree just for the smell alone – although I could do without all the needles getting everywhere! This year my biggest, hardest and yet most liberating learning has been to ‘just be me and know I am enough’. To know that the artificial tree’s ‘perfection’ comes from outside itself and therefore is a poor imitation of the real thing. To know that each real tree is unique because of where it was planted and the growing experiences it has encountered as a result. To finally know, and accept, that being a true reflection of all that I can be, in all my uniqueness, is real perfection.

The Tree Base – a Christmas tree is nothing without a firm base. Last Christmas I got it horribly wrong and my fully decorated tree fell over smashing a number of baubles as the base wasn’t secure enough. Perhaps I should have realised it was foretelling the problem I was to have throughout the year with my ‘arthritic’ knees. It’s interesting that things started to come together once I’d taken steps to enable my knees to get their strength and stability back. Steps that included interventions for mind, body, heart & soul.

The Lights represent the path I have followed – each bulb a step forward. Each year a little different in quantity of lights and their brightness. Although there’s always the odd blown bulb waiting to be replaced if only I knew where the spare bulbs were. Perhaps buying an extra 400 lights last week reflects my resolution to be the light in 2013 as Marianne Williamson encourages us to in her wonderful piece ‘our deepest fear’.

The Tinsel is a sparkly and constant thread throughout my life representing the friends, family, colleagues and tweeple who support me on my journey. Each offering inspiration, support, laughter, love, acceptance, suggestions and/or feedback – all gratefully accepted. The highlight this year was a girlie weekend away for my 50th – the first time in too long where I spent time with friends sharing happy memories, laughter & our hopes and dreams for the future. Something there will certainly be more of in 2013.

The Baubles each reflect the insights gathered over a life time – each chosen to co-ordinate with the rest of the decorations. With the occasional bauble that’s there despite the incongruousness of its colour and design. This year I notice the kookaburra bought in the blue mountains in Australia, purchased as a reminder to accept my laugh. Yes it can be too loud and too often but is something that others find infectious and it is often complimented upon even in the strangest of places!

The Angel on the top of the tree represents my emerging belief in my intuition and small voice inside that guides my decisions. I spent a week in Findhorn in October to celebrate their 50th and was yet again reminded of the accuracy of my intuition. I continue to be challenged daily by the conflict between wanting to know why and the absence of that why when intuited to do or say something. Practice practice practice!

The Gift Wrapped Presents under the tree represent the gifts I have still to offer the world. A reminder perhaps, as I said in a blog at the time, that life begins at 50 and there is no time like the present to get out there and just be me.

Festive greetings

Wishing you an abundant 2013

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