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2020, the year of High Highs and Low Lows.

Christmas is just around the corner, it certainly seemed like this year would never end and here we are, just 2 weeks left of the year. When this year began we felt like it was going to be amazing and well, we all know how that went. 2020 has certainly had its ups and downs, but overall it has been a year of unexpected adversity, compassion, sadness, joy and fear. We started the year with such hope, as we always do, and then little by little we started hearing about a disease that had hit China. We saw a huge hospital literally built over a few weeks, it seemed like something that was far away, not something that we would have to worry or deal with.

“Give the world the best you have, and the best will come to you.”
-Madeline Bridge

How foolish we were, many of us have never lived through a pandemic. We read about them of course, but it seemed in our minds that if we vaccinated ourselves and our children, for the most part we were saved from the horrors of pandemics that ravaged the past. Our eyes were opened wide when pandemic maps, the ones that seemed relegated as scary movie props, were displayed prominently on the news. A pandemic had begun and we didn’t even know what we were afraid of exactly, we just knew we were afraid.

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” -George Addair

Schools and work sent us home and well, everything seemed to look like a dystopian nightmare, but then it didn’t. People showed their kindness. Of course there was a lot of bad that happened this year, we are not glossing over that. But for this week, we are focusing on the good. Couples cancelled their elaborate weddings and got married in the streets or at repurposed ticket counters, they donated their catered affairs to people who really needed a good meal. People paid it forward at drive through windows, cooked and shopped for neighbors and strangers alike who couldn’t leave their houses. Teachers, ever the heroes, taught and loved their students both in person and virtually, all while making it look easy as pie when it was anything but. Doctors, Nurses and medical staff bravely went in, day after day, separated themselves from family, dressed in PPE if they were lucky, trash bags and recycled masks if they weren’t and fought on the front lines of this pandemic stoically and with resolve.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

So this holiday season, while you are planning your Christmas and writing your New Year goals, remember that 2020 has taught us a lot of valuable lessons. We can do more with less, reading will always be an amazing way to spend an hour or three, spending time with those you love is priceless, exercise can be an amazing way to help our minds clear and make our bodies stronger, front line workers and teachers deserve gratitude and praise everyday until the end of time, and we need to keep all these germ free rules in place! Who else is giddy that shopping carts are sprayed clean and we aren’t expected to shake hands?!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

Keep being amazing, do whatever will make you happy this Christmas, be kind to yourself and others and for the love of all that is Holy, wear a mask, don’t have gatherings inside and wash your hands!

Merry Almost Christmas Loves!
-SG

 

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BazaarSaintWolf's picture
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Dec 19, 2020

Happy Hanukkah !!
Merry Christmas !!
Happy Thanksgiving !!
Happy new year !!
Happy support Groupe day to ya all :-)

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