Merry Christmas! Time has flown by since we started isolating due to Covid 19. It’s such a weird phenomenon. I find myself constantly surprised how fast time is going by despite the difficult situations we have faced. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas despite the continued restrictions on gatherings. There are certainly ways to find the joy of this holy time even if we can’t be with everyone we’d love to be with.

Right now, though, I’m going to talk about the New Year ahead. Many of us are looking forward to the end of 2020. What a year it has been. One thing that became very apparent this year is that “normal” is a thing of the past. Uncertainty has become the only certainty. We have enjoyed a relatively peaceful few decades. It seemed to me that once we dealt with Sandy things started to get a little, shall we say, hinky. Between crazy weather, contentious politics, racial unrest and a worldwide pandemic we have had to learn to tolerate uncertainty. Whew. I can’t say that 2021 will put an end to the uncertainty and honestly, I don’t want things to go back to normal. We need change in many areas of our lives, personally and as a population. Boy, did we get ourselves all wound up in doing and being very busy. There was no room for one more thing to be added in many of our lives.

I don’t want that again. I want to have time to enjoy the things that bring meaning to my life. I want to see a more equitable and fair country. I want to see more kindness and less hate. I want to see healing and an end to Covid through participation of all to eradicate the virus. I’ve got a lot of wishes for 2021 so I am going to usher in a new way of being for myself. I’m going to light candles and say goodbye to 2020 with gratitude for all it has taught me and hopefully, many others, and I am going to pray for all that needs to come in 2021. Together we can make the world a better place. Merry Christmas and blessings for the New Year!

Elder Lynn

Lynn O’Hara, MS, RD, LPC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Dietitian