Happy December, friends! We made it to December; let’s all do a little shoulder dance! We are thisclose to a healthier new year and that’s something to celebrate.
I don’t know about you, but I love this time year. Christmas and everything about it: decorating, having trees all over the home, listening to Christmas music 24/7, watching cheesy Christmas movies, drinking hot chocolate, driving around looking at Christmas lights, reading about the true meaning of Christmas. This year feels different, for obvious reasons and I think it does for many of us. I just want to acknowledge those of you who might be spending the holidays alone, or away from those you love. For those of you who may have lost a family member this year and won’t be able to spend one more holiday with them. For those who are sick or scared. For those who lost their jobs, homes, etc. For those who are experiencing anxiety, depression. Domestic violence is rising during this pandemic, as is suicide. If you are feeling scared, being abused (physically, verbally, mentally, psychologically, financially, etc), please seek help. Please call: 1-800-799-7233. If you are feeling suicidal, please call: 1-800-273-8255.
My heart goes out to any of you who have experienced any of those above, and more. You are not alone. There isn’t one single person in this world that hasn’t been affected by this year in one way or another. Just when we think we can’t handle anymore, something else happens and it’s a lot! I was talking with a friend one day and I said “you know, first it was the fires in Australia, and we all thought that would be biggest news of the year. Then, boom, pandemic. Surely, that would be it. Then, protests, riots, fires…okay, we’ve hit the most that could happen this year. Nah, then it was pandemic not going away. Then, ugh, election. Okay, the election is over, we can breathe! No more drama. Wrong! Some more election stuff. Oh, not enough yet? Second (or it is third?) wave of pandemic and more people are going to die.” Guys, it’s a lot.
This year I have seen so much hate and a sickening amount of divide. BUT, I have also seen so much beauty in people coming together to try to make a difference. One of my heroes has always been Fred Rodgers. I mean, come on. Can you imagine how amazing his world would be if we had more Fred Rodgers in it?! He said when he would see things on TV that didn’t make sense, he’d look for the helpers. Because that’s where the love is.
We all have the opportunity to spread love, compassion, kindness, respect. We all have the choice in how we view this world. If you keep seeing the bad, that’s all you will see. If you want to see positivity, look for it. It’s there. I promise, it’s there. I see it every day. In the small acts, the almost unnoticed acts. A text from a friend, a smile from a stranger. Sometimes it’s loud, sometimes it’s quiet. But it’s there. We all have the ability in us to create a world where love prevails and everyone feels accepted and respected. That’s exactly how God created us. He did not create us to disrespect other people because it’s our “right” and our “freedom.” We don’t get to choose who we respect and if we feel like it. We do it to every single person in this world because God calls us to. Love one another as you love yourself. Respect is love. Keeping others safe and healthy is love. Reaching out to help is love. Reminding someone they matter is love. Apologizing when you’re wrong is love. A smile is love. I say this so much because it matters: it doesn’t need to be a grand gesture to express love. My motto is that this world has enough hate, judgements, divide, I don’t want to add to that. I want to try to build a bridge and bring unity. Who’s with me? We CAN do it! I am a huge dreamer, so to me, nothing seems impossible!
I highly recommend to start a gratitude practice. Every morning and every night, I list things I’m thankful for. I usually say I will list 5 things, but it always ends up being like 20+! I can help you out to get your list started: a phone, computer, the breath in your lungs, the love of God, the new Taylor Swift album. Boom. There you go. Now, go ahead and continue that list 🙂 Gratitude makes a world of difference.
However you’re spending this holiday season, I hope you feel warmth, love and you stay safe and healthy (and keep those around you safe, too). I’m always here for support—reach out anytime! Just remember you are not alone and you mater.
What I’m listening to:
Any and ALL Christmas music!! Duh!
Faves: Any by the Rat Pack
Mariah Carey (obvs)
the Charlie Brown Christmas
“Blue Christmas,” Elvis
Non-Christmas music I’m listening to:
“Dear God,” Cory Asbury (highly, highly recommend this song!)
“Wild Life,” OneRepublic
“My Tears Ricochet,” Taylor Swift (favorite Tay song, ever)