Here is my view from my desk this morning:
I love the two lanterns that I got over Thanksgiving. I do regret not getting more of them--they would make great gifts.
I thought I would pack away the one with Christmas tree shapes after this season, but I may keep it out. I'm really enjoying the light they give off. I picked up some "fairy lights" at a seasonal display at Walmart--fairly cheap and they run on AA batteries. I have some strands that run on watch batteries, but they don't last long.
I'm also enjoying how they remind me of the time I spent in Black Mountain with my family before we joined our larger family for Thanksgiving. My mom, sister, and I bought matching lanterns.
I keep thinking about how magical that time seemed--and I knew at the time that we were having a special time. The airbnb house was perfect, and I loved exploring Black Mountain. It was just big enough, but not overwhelming. But more than that, I felt like we were all able to be fully present. How often does that happen?
So I will keep these lanterns close through 2019. I want to be reminded to be present. I want to be reminded that it is possible to live an integrated life--the lanterns will remind me to remember the online journaling class that I was taking during the month of November. I want to be reminded of the possibility of treasure: