I have spent the last 4 days in bed, hit by this nasty upper respiratory bug that has been going around. I am mid-way thru my antibiotics, and last eve was the first night since Friday I felt up to having dinner at the dining table or even lighting a few candles. It got me thinking about our daily rituals and how important they are to our mental, physical & spiritual health. Sitting at the dining table comforted by a hearty meal and soothed by the flickering candlelight, I was gently reminded how much this all means to me each day. Simple rituals. The act of setting a table, if even ever so simply. The act of striking a match to bring flame to a few candles. Even though it had only been a few days, I had missed those small daily acts. I felt boosted just being able to resume them. We all have so many wonderful daily rituals that fill our days, and at this busy time of year, it is good to be reminded of them. To savor them–for they add meaning & richness to our day, and ultimately our lives.