It is almost over
I can’t say I’m sorry to see the year 2020 come to an end. It has been a difficult year for everyone! No one was immune to the restrictions and difficulties that were required to control the spread of this viral disease.
As difficult as the past months have been, I look in the rear view mirror and discover multiple areas of gratitude. I especially appreciate my family, friends and acquaintances that utilized technology to foster the ‘togetherness‘ attitude. I have learned how to say I LOVE YOU! in many different ways. It is all good!
Last January my word for the year was S-T-R-E-T-C-H. I never dreamed I would stretch mind, body and spirit in such unique ways. Here are a few reflections:
- Read (and listened to) a ton of books–fiction, nonfiction, historical, how-to, biographies and memoirs–by utilizing Hoopla and OverDrive on the library app and free kindle books on EBookDaily.com.
- Watched more movies this year (thanks to Roku and Amazon Prime) than in the past 10 years. But I don’t even remember most of the titles. I guess that was mindless entertainment!
- Walked all over town, alone, logging close to 10,000 steps most days. That’s positive in many ways!
- Increased Vitamin D production by spending more time outside in the sunshine walking, watching baseball from the outfield fence, visiting family and friends and celebrating birthdays and special days in the backyard and around the fire pit.
- Reduced gas consumption as my car remained in the garage. Good for the budget!
- Loved the ease and speedy delivery of Amazon shopping especially for household items and for the holidays. Who can remember when Amazon was just for books? I was able to order a new motor for the bathroom fan. It fit perfectly and one more annoyance eliminated.
- Zoomed 2-3 times each week (and some weeks more!) keeping in touch and strategizing with organizing colleagues, Bushnell friends and WordPress classmates.
- Learned how to put on a seamless, well-orchestrated Virtual Conference and feel really good with the new-found knowledge. If you can’t travel, can’t meet in-person, then do it virtually! Need help, just let me know. It is amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it!
- Ah… Facetime with grandkids. What fun to be able to see their faces and chat when we can’t get together. Don’t you just love technology! Makes the isolated life bearable!
- Took a tour of a California winery (Pisoni Winery) as the owner hopped into his 4-wheeler and sped among the vineyard, orchards and gardens sharing his profession via live video. Then tasted and learned about the composition of the red and white wines from the generous bottles they sent pre-tour. What a fantastic way to handle the restrictions of CoVid and still have fun. Marvelous! Thank you, Paul for this opportunity.
- Subscribed to a fresh fruits and vegetable delivery service each week moving me into the world of plant-based eating. There are no processed, packaged foods left in my house.
Are you smiling?
I am sure everyone agrees that these past months proved to be totally out-of-whack. Passing someone on the street or in a store, we simply give a brief hand wave as we only see weary eyes above the facemasks. Who would have thought at the beginning of 2020 that the only way you can go inside a bank (doctor’s office, grocery store, etc.) is to wear a mask. Strange as it may be, it is now a habit to grab a facemask before heading out the door.
BUT, I miss the in-person meetings with organizing colleagues and clients. I miss the performances and friends at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center. I miss visiting family near and far. And mostly, I miss the friendly smiles and enormous hugs! Yet, this is the time of year to experience thankfulness and joy. Even though I anticipate the potential of getting back to ‘normal‘ in 2021, I still rejoice during this holiday season for the moments of wonder and the abundance of health and happiness bestowed upon me this past year.
I truly hope that you, too, can reflect on the past months and feel a tremendous amount of thankfulness that you weathered the storm. May peace, joy and happiness be with you all during this blessed holiday season and into 2021.