Does that happen to you? Do you have strategies that help? I'll share mine and hope you'll share yours. Here are three of mine:
Amid all the demands, I claim some time. For me, the time with fewest urgent needs (as long as I don't count dust or dirty dishes as urgent) is late evening. Next to my favorite chair, I have collected some of my current favorite books for reflection. Every night I spend between 15 minutes and an hour with them.
Throughout the day, particularly on days when I feel dreary, I take some deep breaths to remind myself of Emmanuel, God With Us in all things and experiences.
In whatever is keeping me too busy, I try to see and honor my connections with vulnerable individuals and communities. Those connections are deep invitations to openness that might let God enter and surprise me.
This year I feel as if I'm grabbing at snippets of The Real True Right Advent. My evening reading sometimes morphs into an exhausted snooze. I feel as if my Advent 2014 journey is a slow limp that won't get me all the way I want to go - but will get me a little farther along. I really would value your own strategies.