It’s the last day of 2020. For most of us, the end of this strange and difficult year is reason enough to celebrate. The world changed practically overnight, and we’ve had to adjust. We’re still in the midst of the pandemic, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. All signs indicate that 2021 should be a better year for planet earth as a whole. Let’s hope so!
While many things were different this year, and some of our projects and plans were derailed, we’ve still accomplished things, we’ve had good moments among the trials and tribulations, and we’ve probably learned a few things along the way if we sit back and think about it.
Reflecting on the outgoing year is something I do in depth before setting my intentions for the coming year. 2020 is no different. But, this year, instead of listing off my personal accomplishments, which are important of course, I’ve been reflecting on the valuable life lessons 2020 encouraged me to internalize. I’ll share them here, along with a few favorite quotes I’ve used as meditations.
Simplicity is freeing.
“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
This moment is all we are guaranteed.
“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.” – A.A. Milne
Gratitude shifts our focus.
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens
Fear is toxic.
“Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” –Yoda
The sun rises every day.
“There is always a way and always hope in the next sunrise, and in the next second, and in the next minute.” – Ziggy Marley
Writing community, I hope you are able to look back on 2020 and find some joy, appreciate the moments of peace, and celebrate the things you have accomplished. Wishing you a bright 2021!