In the Moment - - Contents - KIRSTIE DUHIG Edi­tor

With the fes­tive sea­son upon us, we’ve been fo­cus­ing on stay­ing calm and cen­tred amidst the planning and prepa­ra­tions, both in our homes and our busy of­fice. “I feel I am ready for a gen­tler, qui­eter ap­proach, where the dec­o­rat­ing and gift giv­ing has more sen­ti­ment and less ex­cess,” writes our colum­nist Caro­line Row­land. We too are mak­ing the choice to slow down and take a more pared-back ap­proach, em­brac­ing the trend for nat­u­ral dec­o­ra­tions, such as our beau­ti­ful Christ­mas wreath, and pre­par­ing and en­joy­ing food that’s full of flavour and good­ness (find our recipes on page 73).

Two themes that have nat­u­rally emerged this month are kind­ness and for­give­ness. At a time when we give gifts to ex­press our love and af­fec­tion, we are drawn to show­ing our kind side to strangers, as well as those we hold dear. In­spired by Amer­ica’s RAK­tivists (read more on page 18) my jour­ney to work has be­come an op­por­tu­nity to prac­tice lit­tle kind­nesses; I let queue jumpers in and I of­fer a smile to those whose eyes I meet. It costs noth­ing and it makes us both feel good.

Be­ing kind, to our­selves and oth­ers, re­quires for­give­ness, too. The fes­tive sea­son of­fers many op­por­tu­ni­ties for con­nec­tion and re­flec­tion with our fam­i­lies and loved ones, yet old re­sent­ments can eas­ily crash the Christ­mas party unan­nounced (page 24). Bring­ing more for­give­ness into our hearts can im­prove our re­la­tion­ships and bring us in­ner peace – and that might just be the best gift we can give.

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