every year, on the second saturday in november, rubber soul has its holiday open house. and every year, sixteen of them now, there is a flurry of action leading up to the big day. the preceding week is all about the fluffing and stuffing. new products arrive, new sample cards are made, treat trays are ordered, decorations and fresh lights are hung, and i always make sure i have a hefty number of new candles to burn.
and every year on this day, i am invigorated by it all. i love the connecting with happy people eager to create their holiday cards. i love the familial feeling i have with our longtime loyal customers. i love the sense of community with this family even though several come from many miles away. i am full of gratitude for every customer that chooses to visit us, and chooses to share their creative as well as personal stories with us. i am grateful that i have a job i feel passion for, that has always provided for me, that keeps my soul and body and mind nourished.
i am grateful, oh so grateful, for all of these gifts. and i can think of no better way to end the day than to be this wholly in gratitude. sweet dreams.