Are you putting your effort into things that matter?
I don’t believe in astrology, but it is sometimes fun to follow the horoscopes. A few days ago, our daughter read our horoscopes from an app on her phone. (There’s an app for everything!) Mine said I liked to be in control and plan things out, but it was time for more spontaneity. Uncannily true. My husband’s horoscope said it was nearly time to take down the Christmas lights and then asked him to question if it, and other things he was doing or planning on doing, were worth the work.
The evening before this horoscope we’d been out Christmas light viewing.
W Natal Circle is a cul-de-sac in Mesa famous for its Christmas lights. Each house does a spectacular job of decorating. When we first visited three years ago, a few days before Christmas, the street was crowded with visitors. We parked several streets away. Many residents sat in their driveways around fire pits or heaters. Some were in their open garages, garages which would make anyone yearning for a man-cave green with envy. We wandered through a backyard Nativity scene at one house. This year, we visited a few days after Christmas, and the crowds were much smaller. But the decorations were still impressive.
The Mesa Mormon Temple has created a Christmas Lights Celebration on its ground for the past 33 years. It features hundreds of thousands of lights, uniquely decorated palm trees, and a Nativity scene. The display is free of charge. One can stroll through the grounds. We didn’t go through all of the grounds, but were impressed with what we saw.
It is work to put up Christmas decorations and take them down a few weeks later. Some people will wholeheartedly claim it is worth the effort. Others may consider it a chore they’d rather avoid. As we get ready to start a new year, it might be time to think about what we are putting our effort into. Maybe we should stop expending time and effort on things that don’t matter and start working on what does. Maybe it’s time to start following our dreams and our passions, and doing things that make positive differences in people’s lives, not letting the amount of work or the hardness of the task scare us off. Just start one step at a time.
Were the Christmas lights we saw worth the time, effort, and expense people put into them? Although I haven’t been able to fully capture the magic of the lights with my amateur photography skills, I’ve included some pictures below for you to look at and decide for yourself.
What are you putting effort into that really doesn’t matter? What important projects are you avoiding?