A BLUE CHRISTMAS
When I listened to Elvis Presley sing “A Blue Christmas” in years past, I had no idea what that would look like or how I would feel.
Many of us will be alone for Christmas this year. Yes, it’s different, and it will be sad…no doubt it will be a tough holiday for many. I’ll admit that I was dreading the holidays this year, but now that it’s getting closer, I’m feeling better. Maybe some of you are too.
We’re all in this situation because of the Coronavirus. It’s horrible and so many have lost the war against the virus, and more are grieving for someone special this Christmas. Others have lost their jobs or businesses, anxious about how to pay their bills and support their families. Lines to the food banks are endless. The medical community is working on overdrive as well as other essential workers who tirelessly plod along to make life easier for the rest of us. I’m one of the lucky ones, and I’m grateful. I’ve been healthy, and so has everyone I hold dear.
I’ve missed my family…so much. Although I’ve always appreciated the special occasions we’ve shared, I admit to thoughtlessly taking for granted many of the precious memories we’ve made. And to my friends, I’ve missed you, and I need you. I heard Ina Garten (on youtube) use the expression, “heart benefit”, meaning that although we can communicate with others by text or email, phone or Zoom, what we’re really missing is the in-person connection that is so vital to our emotional and mental health. I could not agree more.
We really are in this together, for what affects people we don’t even know could very easily come to affect us. We will not be safe until we are all safe…we need to take care of each other. All over the world, people are in isolation (or on pause) during this holiday season. Will we (all humanity) collectively think about why this has happened and what it really means? Will there be a global reset? I wonder…
As I write this, the vaccine has been approved in Canada and will start to be administered this week. What could be more hopeful than seeing the end of this nightmare? All we have to do is hang in there a little bit longer…
May your Christmas be memorable…in a good way, and as you reflect on 2020 may you find a silver lining from the past year. As the days grow longer and the sun feels warmer, may the new year bring hope for a fresh start…an opportunity to grow and possibly reinvent ourselves.
Take care, everyone…I look forward to connecting with you in the new year.
From my house to your’s…Merry Christmas