“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” The opening line of this poem could not be more accurate than the holiday challenges 2020 has brought us. It may not be what the typical holidays look like but, if I may, I’m going to bring a different view to the table…
I am kind of liking it. While many may think of me as an extrovert, I’m more of an introvert than you may know. I have welcomed this solo holiday. It’s the first Christmas I can remember that I’m not sick or suffering from a hangover. Each day of my holidays has been host to early bedtimes and early rising; dog walks and cleaning the house, writing in my journal, and reading my books.
This alone time (healthy alone time) has given me more time for reflection and I think reflection is so important. And, while reflecting, I think it’s important to balance the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s okay to admit that something is terrible; terrible things happen and there’s nothing we can do about it sometimes. Yet, I think it’s also necessary to look at the bad and ugly and try to find the positive in it. Whether it is a lesson learned or glass that needs to be looked at as half full – even when you want to see it as half empty.
Visions Of Sugar-Plums…
‘Twas the night before Christmas and I’m all snuggled in. My Gryphon is sleeping and I’m writing a good spin… Hence, the visions of sugar-plums dancing in my head.
In PR we never call it ‘spinning’. Instead, it’s considered more of a ‘changing the narrative’; writing your own story. 2020 needs to have the narrative re-written. To a certain extent, it needs to be spun. This is why I’m taking my Christmas Eve to write this blog. Can you count just five AWESOME things that happened in 2020? Take a moment to move beyond the negative. Find the positive in the negative.
Here I go, in hopes that I can inspire you on this Christmas Eve.
In 2020, I…
- Found me: Among the mountains, beaches, and trees. I breathed in the fresh air, sunk my feet in the sand, and wrote too many journal entries to count. In all of this, I truly found myself.
- Bonded with my dog: With so much more time at home, I bonded with my dog more than I ever imagined possible. He’s my pet, my best friend, my baby, and more. As he sleeps on my shins as I write, my heart hurts with how much I love that little being.
- Met so many incredible people: This year has been FULL of meeting incredible people. From January to today, I have met people that I know will be in my life forever. The theme of meeting people this year has been ‘unusual circumstances’ and I hope I have more unusual circumstances in 2021.
- Expanded my horizons: This can be taken so many ways, but in 2020 I went to places I’ve never been to before. I quite literally changed my geography, I purchased my first house, I discovered hobbies that mean so much to me that I had never experienced before…I have embraced a new job I haven’t done before. It’s been a life-altering year.
- Have figured out that I’ll never have it figured out: This one is a tough one. We want to figure it out. Whether it is timing or understanding a specific aspect of life, we seem wired for answers. This year (more than ever) we’ve had to embrace the unexpected. Instead of searching for the answers, just go with the flow. It’s easier.
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the world, we awaited what 2021 might have to hurl… okay, so poetry might not be my thing, but you get the drift. Take a moment, raise a glass, and cheers to that glass half full. It might not look like years past, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Go with the flow and embrace the next step of the journey.
From mine to yours, Merry Christmas.