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Cindy Maddera

Many months ago I stopped wearing a watch. Up to that moment, I had worn a watch every day since the day I had learn to tell time. I let time rule and I would check my wrist a million times a day. When I started this job, constantly checking the time began to lead to panic attacks. I would worry and stress that I wouldn't be able to finish my work in time to be out to go teach my classes. So one day I said "enough" and I took the watch off. It hasn't made my job easier, but it has lessened the stress and panic of the job. These days it seems to be the calendar that's causing the panic. I have a French Phrase-a-day calendar on my desk at work and every day I pull a page off, I stop and try to remember what exactly I did the day before. 2010 was one big flip over into December. And this is were it seems that things are finally going to slow down. I feel like I've finally had a week that didn't just fly by and I am thankful for this. I am thankful for the chance to catch my breath and to feel more like I'm ahead of the game as opposed to just keeping up.

December is one of the socially busiest seasons of the year for many of us. There will be lots of running from here to there and frantic this and that. But always, always, always there are those moments where time seems to hover in one place and you look around you and really see the smiling faces of your friends and loved ones in that moment. You really hear the laughter, feel the warmth and love. I am thankful for these moments when time stands still.

Have a great weekend!