How will you celebrate this week, friends?
What do you leave behind, and what do you look forward to?
The sentiments on the front of this Christmas card, created in 2017, align with my core values and my Why: to cultivate the most meaningful, heart-connected relationships between all people. The last four years have taught me much on this journey—about American political geography, economic and tribal dynamics, and my personal trigger patterns. 2020 feels daunting and high risk to me; I approach it with caution, and also with Fierce Optimism.
I feel prepared and trained for whatever lies ahead, as I know I have my strong social and emotional ties to lean on. They may prove tested and strained in the months ahead, and I feel confident they will hold. Because in the end, however divergent our political or economic leanings, I firmly believe that what unites us infinitely outweighs what divides us. I keep coming back to our shared humanity—that we all love our children, wish to hand down to them a world in peace; that we all want all of us to live in happiness and security. This belief is what keeps me going, what makes me continue to reach out and attempt to connect.
We have much work to do my friends, many frayed patches of social fabric to mend. And I honestly believe we can only do it—we can do anything—if we go together. Just think of that time when you thought something was impossible—and somehow you pulled it out. I bet you had help, no?
The road will be long and arduous. We will stumble and fall, we will argue. We will fight. We will also share breathtakingly beautiful vistas, and numerous moments of sublime love and communion. Let us meditate on the latter—on all that is good—let us seek it and acknowledge it in one another with eyes, hearts, and voices wide open and out loud. Let us harness that energy and put it in front, guiding our attitudes, words and actions, toward ourselves and all those we encounter.
May this holiday season, this time of reflection and preparation, reconnect us with the whole human family. Connect on every plain, every mountain, every island; in every school, (church), and statehouse; in every city, village, community, and home of our little blue planet.
May we do better in 2020 and beyond.