May You Have A very Happy New Year!
There isn’t a more appropriate blessing than this. If you are fortunate enough to say that you survived 2020, I wish you a very, very Happy New Year.
It would be easy to want to erase this year, but I hope we carry forward the many lessons learned. Let us not forget these things:
Empathy is necessary. This past year put on full display our enormous inequities. We can no longer ignore the inescapable realities of racial and economic injustice. We can’t un-see it.
Health is precious. Mental health is as important as physical health, and neither can be taken for granted, and both need to be protected. The strongest of us can be taken down by invisible factors. And the weak can surprise us with the capacity to recover quickly.
We are all connected. The Butterfly Effect is an awareness that small states of change result in large differences in a larger state. This was a significant lesson for many of us. People we will never meet or know are impacted by our behavior and actions. Wear a mask.
Resiliency is intentional. Research tells us that some children who have been impacted by trauma seem to bounce back better than others. Resilient children acknowledge their expectations of the future have changed and adapt to new information. Those that don’t bounce back tend to be stuck in a reality that no longer exists.
Grief is powerful. The act of mourning can look like anger, can manifest into protests and activism. Experiencing these raw emotions, “sitting” with someone as they grieve, can move people to “do something”. Grief can be a powerful tool for change. (See resiliency.)
Grace is required but not perpetual. Change is constant. And it is ok to long for what you knew and what felt normal. People need time to adapt. But life is a journey. Moving forward is healthy. Evolution and progress are natural.
Celebrate everything. We yearn for ways to connect. We learned to celebrate differently. Continue to take advantage of opportunities to celebrate new traditions.
I can’t wait to see all of you in the new year. Be well. Be safe.
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