This time of year it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of work and shopping and making sure that everyone is thought of and taken care of. At least, that is how it is for me. Work becomes crazy because it is the end of the year and everyone wants to take vacation days and no one wants to work the week of Christmas or the week of New Years. During December, I try to take a few minutes every day to go downstairs and walk around our building. It is something that helps me to relax and refocus. It also allows me to hear the gong that occurs at the noon hour at one of the local churches down the block which I find to be tranquil. In the legal field, regardless of plaintiff or defense side, everyone wants to settle cases and close files before the end of the year. Clients want reports and assessments for next year and employees all want to be shopping on our lunch hours or leaving early for school programs and family get-togethers and all of those holiday parties!
I am especially stressed in December as a manger of two law firms in two different states. What I do to help relax at the end of my day is sit on my patio (one of the great things about living in Arizona this time of year) with a cup of coffee and just listen to my wind chimes. They have a melodic quality that helps me to refresh and relax. I recently read about a meditation gong which has the same relaxing quality as a wind chime, and is supposed to bring more peace and tranquility to the garden. Part of what I enjoy about my chimes is the melody they create upon the slightest breeze. When I am lying in bed, I can hear them and they help relax me at night so I can sleep.
Upon further research, I found gongs to be really quite pretty. I had pictured in my head the old Gong Show gong and somehow, that did not evoke tranquility or relaxation. The hanging gong or wind chime gongs are simply elegant and something I have now added to my Christmas list.