Every December for the past 30, I have written a year-end letter summarizing the year’s events and offering hope for the coming year. No matter how hard I try, I cannot bring myself to write it this year. I am not sure if it is my age, the pandemic, the state of the country or the fact that stating the obvious mess that 2020 has brought seems to have been discussed, shared and publicized ad nauseam.
So, I offer my heartfelt love and sincere appreciation here for those that have shared all or a portion of my 72 years. I consider everyone who crosses my path, a gift. A gift that deserves the best of all I can give. I have been blessed with wonderful coaching clients, many of whom I did not know until this year. Each one has been a blessing and has contributed to my life in more ways than I can count. Thank you for helping me grow my business and my soul.
The lesson that I have learned in 2020 is that I can survive in a more contemplative environment. Being quarantined and connecting with others from the safety of my home, has offered me so much time to reflect and search inward. I strive only to be a gift to those in need of what I have to offer. I trust that those who need what I have will pass my way, and pray that I will recognize them when they do. There is freedom in the words ‘nothing left to lose”, but there is even more freedom in the words “nothing left to prove.” We just need to give from our center of love and let go of the outcome.
No one knows what the year ahead will bring. There is always good news and bad news in the “not knowing”. The good news in not knowing is to live in bliss or hope. Hoping that all those we care about will remain healthy and happy as well as have shelter, food and love. The bad news is “not knowing”; we do not know what next year will bring. We cannot be at peace or even joyful until we let go of the fear of the “what if,” and handle only the “what is “one day at a time. Each year we take what is given with grateful hearts and work through any adversity with courage. Trust in your ability to do so and have faith in the power of God’s love to survive whatever may come.
There are so many close to me who are ill and faced with decisions and tasks that seem insurmountable. Their options have made me face the time I have left with sincere determination. What if next year is the last? What will we do with the rest of our days to make them worthwhile, not just for us, but for those we influence? Each one of us can make the world better.
As we close out this year, I am grateful for the time that I have been given, and I look forward to the opportunities the next 12 months will bring.