As I write this, it is still one full week before Thanksgiving. I've had an unusually busy fall, having worked most of the last four weekends, traveling a lot, and having less than enough down time between projects. And I still have miles to go before I get much of a break.
"I'm not going to listen to ANY Christmas music until AFTER Thanksgiving," proclaimed a youth in my youth group this weekend. "It's ridiculous how there are already stations playing Christmas music."
Up until this year, I would have agreed, jumped on the bandwagon, and perhaps even gotten a protest going. Heck, back in mid October, I even posted some Christmas decorations next to the Halloween decorations on Facebook and commented about the ridiculousness of it.
But now--five weeks later?
Now, I'm just too tired to protest. I have limited energy. I realized I just don't care about when anyone plays Christmas music, or when the lights go up on houses, etc. It's just not worth it to me to make a big deal out of it.
I'm going to live my life, do my own thing, perhaps listen in to holiday music occasionally--like when I inadvertently tuned in to the 24/7 Christmas music station the other night on my drive home from a late meeting. They were playing Adam Sandler's Hannuka Song. Cracks me up every time. Then I was belting out "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" with Amy Grant before I--kachink--realized I was listening to the Christmas music station in early November.
But here's the thing. This was easy for me--to decide not to put any energy into this thing I've resisted for years and years.
Why isn't it so easy to decide not to put energy into other stuff that bugs the heck out of me? Why isn't it so easy to let go of relationship irritations? Expectations I place on myself? Self-imposed obligations?
I'm on a quest. What else would it be healthy for me to just not give energy to? And how can I structure my thinking and actions so that I can let go of those things as easily as I let go of caring when people listen to Christmas music?
If this is true for you, I hope you'll join me and find some things to let go that are not worth your time or energy any longer. I bet we'll find there's more room for joy and love and peace and hope when we do.