Change - people seem to hate it. It is the one thing in life that we know will be constant. Everything changes and always will.
I know people have hated this year in so many ways.
I guess I am more of glass half full kind of person. I haven't minded staying home - I am kind of a loner anyway. I still shopped some and took little drives. I work in my yard and around my house. I take care of my animals. I talk with family and friends. I am OK.
I think people fail to look at the positive things. Families have now been having meals together in the evening again. Parents and kids are getting closer again. People have learned to garden and can/freeze. People have been learning to prep/stock (or hoard!). Some have realized that they can get by on less. Many have gotten a breather from work stress by working from home. People seem to be getting more in touch with their religious and spiritual beliefs. Many are being more helpful of others. Folks are just enjoying that they got another day. I think many are enjoying the simpler things in life again.
YES - I know lots of negative things have happened too - but I chose to focus on good.
Disappointments have happened - but so has promise.
I mentioned not seeing any Salvation Army buckets the other day (so glad many of you are). After I originally noticed that - I got a post of FB from my high school group about helping the community. There is a fellow who graduated a couple years before me - that has been doing a lot. I found out the other day - he has been going strong to feed and help in any way possible for ages, but especially this year. What I didn't know about him (and it doesn't matter) is that he has been paralyzed from the waste down and in a chair for years. He goes all the time and helps so many in the community. So inspiring.
Well, I figured I would help the local area this year and helped him and his cause.
He makes sure people get food every week (they have drive through food p/u's), he gives gift cards when he can, and gives clothes and toys for Christmas.
He is that LIGHT I needed when I felt disappointment about the bell ringers being gone.
We can all do something for others and I truly believe we get more out of it than the recipient does.
You don't even have to leave your house - just reach out and do a little bit.
Be the LIGHT that someone else needs.
I found out my eldest sibling (sis) tested positive for the virus. She is doing pretty good so far. She is pretty healthy except for "old arthur" for being 89 years young. Needless to say our sibling Christmas get together is being postponed from this coming Sunday to next month sometime. (there would have just been 4 of us there).
Sure I was disappointed - but I will get over that. It doesn't matter when we sit and break bread and share a gift or two - it just matters that we can talk to each other and say 'I love you'. The LIGHT.
I am having my second Christmas without Glen. Sure, I miss him terribly and I am lonely. BUT - I know where he is and that he is healthy and happy. I also know he would want me to go forward and do things to honor him and our life together. That is what I intend on doing.
I want to honor his LIGHT in my life.
Life deals us so many disappointments and so much sadness and many stressful moments - but it also deals us happiness, birth and joy and beauty. We just need to be observant. Look around - listen - pay attention - take in all the tiny things as well as the big ones.
I choose to look at 2020 as the YEAR OF CHANGE. Some good and some bad. I look forward to see what next year has to offer. You know so much of what WILL happen or COULD happen is strictly UP TO YOU AND ME!!!!!!!!!
We decide how to react - how to live - how to slow down - how to have fun - how to observe our faith - how to love one another.
Make sure you decide to LIVE - maybe differently - BUT LIVE TO THE FULLEST!
You woke this morning - you received a gift. The best gift.
Honor that gift each and every day the best way that you can.
You have the choice - make it good. Be the LIGHT.
Blessings to you all!