I find Christmas Day to be an appropriate time to reflect on life. In between the various feasts of a meal, I relish the food-induced slowdown that brings quiet to a house. A chilly but sunny day helps with inducing this altered state of consciousness: awareness, stillness, and repose. I know such a moment does not last very long. It’s not that I don’t have a choice either about when to slow down. Savor it while it lasts, I say.