A new year brings hope.
Change is in the air. For many of us, the pandemic and government response to it, have altered our lives dramatically–from losing loved ones to the disease, to loss of businesses we built from scratch, job losses that may never come back, loss of personal freedom, and more. That’s a lot of people hurt and facing an uncertain future. So it is a bit facile to simply say “Happy New Year.” Yet, there may be opportunity for positive change in this moment, if we can fight pandemic fatigue and hold onto hope. This will pass.
I was with a niece and nephew, both in their early twenties, over Christmas. We had an interesting conversation revolving around the question “What have you learned about yourself since COVID?” Both reported that they learned (emphatically) they do not like working from home. What have you learned about yourself during COVID? How will that shape your future choices?
When anxiety threatens to overwhelm, I find it helps me to focus on gratitude and my many blessings daily. And I ask myself, “why am I alive today? What is my purpose?” Then, remain open to the answers that come. This practice does not negate the pain or make the challenges we are facing easier, but it does acknowledge the power each of us has within to prevail. Happy New Year everyone!