This will be an unusually short post for me. I just wanted to share some final thoughts as we head into the holidays and close off this most historical of years…
The challenges of the year that was
Well, we’ve nearly made it to the end of 2020. It’s been a challenging year to say the least. Even during the worst years of my life, I’ve never said, “Glad that year’s over!“ But that’s exactly what I’m feeling right now.
Though my family and I have weathered the COVID storm just fine, 2020 has done me in. I’ve really struggled to feel okay when so many continue to suffer. How can I feel good when others are hurting so much?
I’ve also been supporting a loved one through a challenging time… and it’s not been easy. This most recent turmoil has me wishing for a quick, peaceful end to the year of Corona and Trumpism. (Sorry, I try not to get political here, but I had to say it.)
Still, as bad as it’s been, I’m not one to dwell on negativity for long.
Gratitude to the rescue
I recently read a post from Maria at Handful of Thoughts about gratitude and it reminded me of all I have to be grateful for. Maria’s post prompted me to take a step back, breathe, and see all that’s right in my life right now.
Everyday, I’ll try to keep this quote from Maria’s post in mind:
“Shifting to focusing on gratitude… helps keep the energy positive and not frustrated. I can focus on what I am grateful for… instead of focusing on what is not going my way.”
Instead of fretting about all the sadness in the world, I’ll focus on making the best of the remaining year. This includes practicing gratitude everyday and finding ways to share our good fortune with others in need.
Taking a short break
With all the inner contemplation I’ve been doing, I’ve decided to make this my final post for 2020. (But I’ll still be around, so keep commenting and reaching out—I’m just taking a break from publishing new posts until January.)
This will give me more time to go in-depth with some upcoming posts (including my 2-year blogiversary update) catch up on household projects, and enjoy the holidays with my family.
In the new year, watch for another of my semi-regular update posts to share how we celebrated the holidays this year.
My holiday wish for you
This blogging break is also for you—to give you a holiday break from me and my blog! I hope you can take some time to nurture your real-life relationships (even if it must be done virtually this year) and enjoy some well-deserved downtime.
It’s been a tough year for all of us. Let’s acknowledge that and give ourselves permission to forget our troubles for a little while. Take pleasure in the little things and focus on all there is to be grateful for.
I wish you a peaceful, joyous holiday and a happy, healthy New Year. Enjoy your time off—I’ll see you back here again in 2021!
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