Our lives have all been turned upside-down this year in some way. As I look back on all the posts I’ve written here, I see some some clear themes: We long for connection. The world woos us with its beauty. And there is always light breaking through. We need these things now—not just after our struggles are over (are they ever?) but in the midst. So on the cusp of Advent, at the end of a year where life has changed as we all know it, I cannot think of anything I’d rather share for my last post than this: how the light is currently breaking through.

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Advent is a gift, not a to-do list. For me, Advent works best when I keep it in its right place: as a scaffolding to hold time. As people, we walk through these four weeks leading up to Christmas together, one day at a time, waiting with anticipation. Advent is our permission slip to slow down and enjoy the view.

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I’m Tsh Oxenreider — I currently write books & a newsletter, and I also podcast. In 2008 I created The Art of Simple as a space dedicated to living well + ignoring the rest. Read more…

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