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2020…What does everyone do when you see 2020? ‘Can’t wait till its over!
It has even became a verb “I’ve been 2020ed!”.
As the year 2020 wound down I can say I too was looking forward to getting to the new year. But I usually do because, by this time in the year, it means the Christmas hustle IS over. Can I get a YES girl!
My favorite day of the Christmas season is the 26th. Around here, all the things are done. Shopping, wrapping, cooking, and visiting IS Done! We sit around eating leftovers, cookie trays, playing a new game or two, and savoring the down. In past years if my kids wanted to visit friends they came here or they had to arrange rides(now they can drive themselves) but I was not going out! So I am ready for the calendar change for sure.
*2020 I think got a bad deal as far as reputations go. Yes, it was a challenge in so many ways. But challenges make us grow. That I did and I am grateful for it.
*So here’s a my list of 2020 Love 💕
*Learned I can get around technology better than I ever thought after school shutting down, no planning ahead, and jumping into virtual teaching for art and skills for living of all things.
*Blessed with great internet service as we strained it frequently.
*I am truly good at winging it or on a postitive take-” going with the flow”.
*Loved working from home. So no doubt I AM an introvert!
*My family likes each other. We all loved being home for school and work. Yes all 6 if us!
*I do need all the things I thought I wanted. What I needed was truly under my roof. ( in my art studio too😁)
*I attended more church services in new places around the world than ever in one year and never got in my car.
*Affirmed I love my church when I did get back in my car and learned I won’t have anyone ever tell me again I can’t go if I want to.
*To work along side of really giving people to provide for our community.
*To be humbled by those so grateful for a hand, support, a prayer when it was the last thing they wanted to need.
*To see the creativity to “make it work” as Tim Gunn says in a variety of businesses, schools, churches, and all around my town. I really look forward to new things and ways when it shakes out. So many adjustments are showing signs they are not going away. From virtual online shopping for things like cars, homes, decorating, curbside pick up, zoom style meetings to name a few I think will be long-term. I mean whoever thought we would be buying a car without test driving it or seeing it in person!
*To know what courage truly looks like as Covid stole in the dark of the night from families, communities, friends. They got back up again, stared it down, and fought back to go on.
*2020 clarified many beliefs for me. Now I stand firmly.
*2020 gifted time like I never experienced before and learned what was truly important and brought me joy.
*That the shortage of pumpkin spice this year caused me to savor every bite and taught me to stash even sooner!
2020 continued to bring new life into the world. People still fell in love, ran off and got married, still had birthdays, planned, and leaned into hope. I also understand from a Home store employee friend, a LOT of home improvements are still being done!
Gods kingdom continues to grow and spread love and hope.
2020 wasn’t perfect, but what year is? I prefer to choose to see the clarity in 2020 and it’s good side. If I were to continue to sit, wonder, and think I am sure I could find more… I hope you too can find some in it.