When you look back over the year that was 2020, it can seem surreal. I think the one thing we agree on is that we’re glad it’s over. It was a world that seemed to have gone crazy, and perhaps 2021 won’t be much different. It will be an interesting ride, no doubt. This is a good time to pause and reflect and lose the melancholy mood. No matter which side of the political spectrum you’re on, keeping up with the craziness can be tiring and only leave you agitated. Maybe it’s only me, but 2020 has been painful to watch. Living with constant agitation is not ideal. It seems like people’s fuses are short and tempers flare way too easily. Such division is harmful in the long term. We have more in common with our neighbor, but we need to actively look for it.
My 2021 resolution advice would be to reduce your screen time and appreciate some of the simple things in life, whether it’s sharing a meal with a family or friend, snowshoeing on a quiet trail or talking to God. We have little control over what happens in the world, but we can control how we react to it. 2021 could be the time of inward reflection and an opportunity to realize that no matter how bad things might get, there’s always something to be thankful for, and always something to look forward to. You just need to tune out the noise. By all means, fight the good fight for what you believe in, but don’t hate your neighbor when he doesn’t see it your way. Get rid of toxic relationships and stop self-destructive activities. You know what they are. Take a “chill pill” as they say in modern culture. Of course, that’s always easier said than done and will be hard to keep up. But it’s worth trying. Peace out.
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