I write these lines with one foot in 2020 and the other in 2021. Despite my long silence, I couldn’t let the moment pass without writing a few words as this momentous year closes. I write for myself as much as for anyone who might be reading. I have no words of wisdom to impart, we have all been through the mill, some of us more than others, but one thing I have learned is to acknowledge that we cannot always be in control. And so with that in mind, I step into a new year without resolutions but with some intentions. Mine are both simple and challenging because they involve breaking poor habits, to take control of the things I can and to lessen the load of worrying about the rest. No rocket science or grand philosophy here, just an agreement with myself to look after my body, mind and spirit as best I can. We all know what that entails, the execution is more difficult than the intent, but keeping my feet on the ground and thoughts reined in when they threaten to run away are a good place to start. Acknowledging that every day we get through is one day closer to getting through the current crisis and remembering that we are all in this together and can support and help each other to keep moving forward.
Also music, always music – a constant place of refuge when there seems to be no place of escape. This song has been much on my mind lately and as we take our first steps into a new year, one which will lead us all to a better place, its words seem perfect for ringing it in. Wishing us all a happy, healthy 2021, and if all else fails, remember to sing and dance.