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Thank you Sue Bender, author of Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish, for explaining that the word Hestia means focus. Hestia spent her time focusing on the hearth fire that burned eternally on Mount Olympus. That's what you did with hearth fires: you kept them burning, if only just a few embers, because fires were a pain to start, and it was easier to keep what you had going than to begin from scratch.
I feel like I get more ADD every year. Every bauble turns my head. Every task takes forever to finish. I walk into rooms and I don't even know why I'm there. It may be the curse of middle age, but I'm pretty sure that it has more to do with the fact that I so seldom think about what I'm doing. I think about what I need to do or what I would rather do, but hardly ever about what I actually do.
Hestia reminds us that to keep the hearth alight you have to let go of distractions and simply focus. Slow down. Accept that sometimes you can do less, not more, and in this new year, accept yourself for the spark of light that you are.
Channel this goddess: when you are weighed down by distractions, when you feel pulled in a million directions. Slow down: focus and shine.
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