I hope your holiday was peaceful, joyful and healthy.
Well, it seems Santa successfully completed his annual magical mystery tour. If anyone was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of him they would have noticed he was sporting a mask. Even the jolly fat man is socially conscious. Now, it’s time to look back and look ahead.
Stating the obvious, 2020 has been the worst year in 100 years. Even in the worst of times, there always seems to be a point when we can acknowledge there were actually positives. I had my moment a couple of days ago. The adjustments I needed to make to feel some flow with Covid were actually a plus. For example, I established a new routine which included early morning meditation, then going out for a walk around the block for some fresh air and exercise. I stocked up on my most favorite coffee beans since going out to coffee shops was out. I took several Zoom courses, taught a couple of courses myself. Not the least of all was connecting with friends, current ones and new ones, via various electronics. As I reviewed that and more, I felt so much gratitude and possibility.
I know we are all wearing down from pandemic living. What stands out is the resilience, creativity, generosity of spirit and how people rise up to meet the challenges of an extraordinary event.
Now it’s time to start looking ahead to 2021. I must confess that I have never been a New Year’s resolution person. This time calls for a different way of looking at the coming year. I’m still not making resolutions. What I do see as a way to get the new year going on a positive note. How about taking a look back at 2020 and list what worked for you navigating these worst of times. Then focusing on what worked for you, envision how you can continue those practices and even do more of what worked. It’s simple, yet an effective, realistic path toward something resembling normal.
Wishing you a Happy, Healthy New Year with all of life’s blessings.