Happy Holidays, friends!
December flies, does it not?? What is it today, the 18th? Holy cow! The kids are off for winter break, holiday greetings have overtaken snail mail (Yippeeeee!!), and now that NaBloPoMo has concluded, I am back to scrounging for blog post topics again. How fascinating…
2016, what a long, strange, CRAZY trip! The moments (periods?) of shock and disdain stand out, but there were also times of profound inspiration, learning, and connection. 2015 did not see any holiday greetings from us, a lapse after at least 15 consecutive years of not only composed letters with photos and personal notes on every one, but also often a craft of some sort. I was just overwhelmed with other stuff to do, though now I can’t recall what all that stuff was. This year I contemplated the annual year-in-review letter. I have also proofed a bookmark on vistaprint.com. But the mass-produced, conveyor belt greeting feels unsatisfying right now.
We have all witnessed the escalating anger, division, and destruction of relationships, both individual and between groups, these last 12 months (really, much longer?). The emotional hijacking took me over for a while, too. After all we’ve been through, I feel an urgent need to connect with friends and loved ones more intentionally, personally, and directly. Many on my ‘list’ have known me most of my life, and I want to take time to write to them. I used to write them all the time–I went to college with 100 postage stamps freshman year, and used them all. I feel a need to tell people one by one this year how much they mean to me, how they have shaped the person I am today, what I admire about them, how I see them contributing to our world. I want to encourage them, hold up their optimism and hope. Most of all, I mean to reinforce my connections with them, so we may all help one another soldier forth in a world of increasing uncertainty.
We cannot control what others say or do. But we can call out the hatred, illuminate and inform the ignorance, and stand up for core values of love, connection, inclusion, equality, compassion, and justice. We can do this all the better if we support one another in action. That support must be cultivated, tended, and protected.
So I’ll take a break from regular blogging for a while, to write by hand (with fun-colored gel pens on cute cards, and lots of stickers). We’ll see if I break my tardy record for holiday greetings, St. Patrick’s Day… I think it’s okay–never too late to make a meaningful connection.
Please share your intentions for the new year here, if you like–the community I have found here lifts me every time I open the window or the app. Thank you for your engagement and encouragement, and Best Wishes to you all this season!