The last two years have been very difficult, for everyone. Cut off from so much that had formed a part of our lives that we rarely thought about, we now find ourselves longing for what is no longer available even if/when we’re not quite sure what that might be.
It has been two years of being bullied and deprived of the most fundamental freedoms of movement and ability to engage. We are all edgy and irritated and profoundly discouraged by and disappointed with the limitations of the small lives we have now been told are all that we can have. They are a pale, pale version of the ones we have been forced to leave behind.
And through it all…. we’re still here! I think these last two years have been evidence of just how resilient, resourceful, creative and determined we really are! We have found ways to stay connected with those whose absence would leave a hole in our hearts, our souls and our lives. We’ve found new ways to direct the power of our significant attention, knowing that unless we do so we will simply curl in on ourselves and lose faith in our desire to breathe our next breath.
Evidence continues to mount that we have been (at best) misled and (at worst) lied to…. pressed to the edge of full surrender in the name of the wellbeing of others. With the passage of time, details emerge of things hidden and intentionally overlooked that we might continue to embrace the preferred narrative that we are at the precipice… over and over again… on the verge of destruction and in need of some supreme ‘other’ to save us from ourselves.
Despite what the myriad fear mongers might prefer you do, embrace your plans for celebrating YOUR Christmas, as you are drawn to do. In the good company of those you love, you will be able to have what you long for: a sense of being part of something larger than yourself; of being wanted and welcomed; of finding a special way to interrupt the monotony of that which has been imposed and seeks to turn us into someone we are not. And to all that is other than the choice for connection, for joy and for an abiding trust in a better tomorrow, I say: Decline the rabid, relentless and life-sucking invitation to live in fear. Your individual choice contributes to shaping a collective reality.