“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
Here we go riding the waves of time into a new decade, wishing the sea of life on this earth would miraculously become silky smooth and calm.
The turbulence around us however reminds us that we are still navigating very stormy waters, and, as many have said, “we are all in this together”, though “we are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat”.
So the fact remains that we all need to take the appropriate precautions and follow the necessary guidelines for moving forward in whatever “boat” or situation that we find ourselves in.
While adhering to guidelines laid down by health officials regarding personal hygiene and social interaction may lead us to feel like a flock of sheep or a class of primary school children, it is important to recognize and remember that each person is responsible for their own behaviour, for the choices they make, both for their own good and for the greater good of their community, of family, of friends, of fellow citizens.
Turning the corner into the new year, 2021, gives us the opportunity to pause, to take a deep breath, and to contemplate what we (may) have learned from the physical, psychological and social turmoil of 2020.
• Value for human life would likely be number one combined with
• Value for our natural environment, as the one is dependent on the other.
• Importance of maintaining healthy family relationships and close friendships could be number two.
• Many people have reported the realization that they can do without many things – material things, some social activities, certain food and drink.
• Some have also expressed a renewed appreciation for the simple things that they have now had time to take notice of such as:
- Nature, flowers, plants, trees, birds, animals, stars….
- Children expressing themselves, playing, learning
- Listening, really listening to family and friends and getting to know them better
- Music, both naturally occurring and orchestrated by humans
• Most of us have been backed into the corner of self-reflection:
- Who am I really ?
- Where am I heading?
- What do I want the most?
- What is my worth?
• And of self awareness, allowing permissions such as:
- It’s okay to be me
- It’s okay to ask for help
- It’s okay to do things at my own pace
- It’s okay to say no……, and it’s okay to say yes, depending on the situation.
- It’s okay to be calm and confident
- It’s okay to be hopeful
- It’s okay to have faith
“Faith can be defined as the effort to believe in light when we’re covered by clouds.” (Mark Nepo)
• And most importantly 2021 provides us with a renewed opportunity to affirm that “it’s okay to take care of self, physically, emotionally and spiritually”. Prioritizing self-care will serve to manage stress levels and build resiliency in these challenging times.
We have all had to adapt to new or different ways of being and doing during 2020 and this will help us to continue to learn and grow as we transition into this new decade.
Self-care and self-nurturing create a pathway to self-fulfillment
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