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Ringing the Bell

For Christmas this year some dear friends gave us a bell. It wasn’t just a pretty bell or a decorative bell, it was a bell with a story and the story went something like this:

A bell symbolizes magical enchantments.

As our family welcomes 2015 it will be in mindful awareness that we’ll ring the bell recognizing “the little moments”… A big fat belly laugh, a good talk, a yummy meal, a fragrant summer breeze, a beautiful moon, an unexpected hug, a giggle that echoes through the house or a snuggle on a rainy day…

Knowing how lucky we are to be in the little moments. 

Right now. The present. Where life happens. We are in it. 

 We are grateful for YOU.  As we bring in the New Year we will be ringing our bell in celebration of  YOU in our lives.

 Happy Holiday and may the New Year bring you a waterfall of beautiful “little moments” that make you feel loved and lucky.

What’s so lovely about a gift like this is that it isn’t so much a thing as an idea. An idea that, if allowed, has the power to change your life by simply adjusting your perspective. This fabulous family’s present wasn’t so much the gift of a small, reverberating piece of metal but, rather, the gift of awareness. In telling us they loved and appreciated us, our friends were reminding us to love and appreciate ourselves, to be mindful of the world around us and the small, often passed over moments that make it special and uniquely ours and, since receiving their gift, I’ve found myself infinitely more conscious of those moments both big and small. It’s my hope I’ll be able to hold onto those realizations well into the new year before I need reminding again.

It’s not that I’m physically carrying around the bell or rushing into a room to ring it in order to make a point. It’s more that I’ve accepted the idea of what ringing it represents and, since then I’ve been inspired numerous times to just say “ding” out loud.

IMG_8087My Dad dancing in the kitchen with Loch while my mother laughs and scoots out of the way. Ding. Skating outside with my family in the crisp Canadian air and finding, for once, I’m not out of breath while doing something physical. Ding. My childhood home filled with my childhood friends and the chatter and laughter of our children and families on Christmas Eve. Ding. Lochlan lying on the floor in his undies writing a thank you note to put alongside Santa’s milk and cookies. “I don’t want to just thank him for remembering ME Mommy. That’s too vain. I want to thank him for remembering all the children in the world!” Ding.

IMG_8138There was even a bell hung low on our tree this year so I knocked into it a couple of times while handing out the presents. In the classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life George Bailey’s daughter has the famous line, “Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings” but that wasn’t my first thought when I heard it ring. In those moments when the sweet tinkling filled the air, I was pleased to discover the power of the bell also worked in reverse. In this case it was the sound itself  that reminded me to stop and take stock of where I was and how I was feeling. Of course, given what I was doing, it was difficult not to feel grateful but, I think it could work in any variety of moments.

Summer friends in Winter fun! Ding.

Summer friends in Winter fun! Ding.

My life, despite it’s obvious (and hidden) struggles, is full to the brim of reasons to ring the bell. Multiple moments to stop, take notice and say thanks. This world moves so fast. So many of us are pushed to accomplish more, succeed more, earn more that we often don’t realize – bombing towards our next goal, next desire, next instagram post –  that so much around us is already wonderful, already successful, already complete and joyous.

The bell, whether its’ sound comes before or after those realizations, is a reminder of that.

The bell resonates, not only in the air but, in our hearts and I, for one, am extremely humbled by its’ lesson.

Happy New Year. Go ring your bell.

xo leigh

My love. Ding.

My love. Ding.

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beautiful post, Leigh! Thank you for the reminder! Ding! xoxo

    December 31, 2014
  2. A beautiful reminder for us all. Happy New Year. 🙂

    December 31, 2014
  3. TU #

    Lovely. Happy New Year. 🙂

    December 31, 2014
  4. Miranda #

    Lovely Leigh. My bell dings whenever you text me. Love you

    December 31, 2014
  5. Laurie Wallace #

    Leigh, ding; Sean, ding; Lochie, ding; Penny, ding; George, ding; ad infinitum.

    December 31, 2014
  6. Linda Harris #

    Happy New Year!! Thank you for another inspiring post. I’m so grateful for 90% of my life and the other 10% is part of my continuing learning process. Sending lots of love to you and your family. Xo

    December 31, 2014
  7. Wynn Everett #

    you are amazing and this was so inspiring to me. It makes me want to get a bell because we have so many of those moments over here. dancing every night in the kitchen while we cook dinner and so much sweet time together, it makes up for all the difficult parenting times. Thank you so much!!!! love you guys

    >________________________________ > From: in case i’m gone >To: >Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 8:27 AM >Subject: [New post] Ringing the Bell > > > > >LeighMcG posted: “For Christmas this year some dear friends gave us a bell. It wasn’t just a pretty bell or a decorative bell, it was a bell with a story and the story went something like this: A bell symbolizes magical enchantments. As our family welcomes 2015 it will b” >

    December 31, 2014
  8. Brian Carter #

    Greetings Leigh . We chatted with your parents at a friend’s house just before Christmas which made us all mindful of how much we have to be thankful for. Our best wishes for 2015 We have rung some bells. Charlotte and Brian Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:27:42 +0000 To:

    December 31, 2014
  9. Rita #

    Happy New year Leigh! Your writing never ceases to amaze and inspire me (ding) regardless of the mood or content! You have an absolutely wonderful way of expressing your PH journey, that somehow touches all of us, regardless of age or gender. I thank you for that (ding). On that note, I wish us all a cure for 2015!

    December 31, 2014
  10. What a wonderful gift Leigh! We could all benefit from ringing that bell as a reminder of all of the beautiful moments life presents us on a daily basis. Too often, it seems we are too busy to even notice them passing us by! Wishing you & your family the very best in the coming year!

    January 1, 2015
  11. Miranda Smith #

    lovely post. My bell dings whenever you text me, truely. Love you

    January 3, 2015
  12. So very wonderfully put. I love bells and use them in my healing work.

    January 14, 2015

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