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Holiday Wishes and dreams for the New Year

As 2020 draws to a close, I think many of us are reflecting on the year at large. Yes, it was a difficult year for many. We saw some tremendous strife and extremes, division and illness. I think many people felt lost and depressed, uncertain for the future, and frightened for their families. That’s completely understandable because I felt it, too.

America has gone through a lot in its relatively short life span. I don’t think there has been a century yet, or a decade yet, that has been completely stress-free. I’ve tried to look at the big picture – the origins of our nation, for example. It wasn’t smooth sailing. The 19th century wasn’t smooth sailing, either – the Civil War, the settling of the West, and things like that. The 20th century probably had more turmoil than any century yet – World Wars I and II, The Great Depression, The Korean conflict, the Vietnam conflict, Pearl Harbor, 9/11… I could go on, but I’m sure you know your American history. I think the point is that it wasn’t an easy ride. I think every decade had something concerning and/or frightening that left people feeling lost and afraid. 

Then, the 21st century rolled around. The first several years seemed to be relatively smooth as far as things went. Not entirely, but somewhat. Then, 2020 came around and someone threw a switch (or stuck their finger in a light socket!). This is a year we’ll all remember and not necessarily in a good way, but for those of us who made it through, I think that’s the point – we made it. We’re looking ahead to 2021 and willing to work for something better. For those of us grieving losses, it must be difficult to feel optimism. But in every darkness, there is hope. Hope that there are better days ahead. Hope that we, as humans on this planet, are opening our hearts and minds. I love that there are so many who want to make this world a better place, for everyone. I love that we have a country where we have the freedom to express ourselves without fear and choose what’s best for us. We’re not perfect, but no one is. Every man, woman, child, and country has flaws. It’s how we overcome those flaws that matters.

My hope for 2021 and beyond is a wish for balance and peace within our country and within ourselves, and my wish to you for the new year is that of strength, serenity, empowerment, tolerance, and joy. May it be a better year for you and your family. For those who have suffered loss, I wish you a sense of well-being and peace. It may be hard to find, but it’s out there. It will come.

May 2021 be a brighter year for all of us.