Saturday Thoughts

weaving

It’s early in the morning. It’s cold so I changed into a warmer nightgown and put on socks. It’s been awhile since I’ve written in this space. It’s been a whirlwind. In fact this whole year has been downright surreal. 2020 has been like nothing I’ve ever seen. Strangely enough, it hasn’t been my worst year. Because of the way things played out, we’ve been doing pretty well personally though the world has been chaos. I guess it’s because we’re introverts and homebodies. We LIKE hiding at home.

2020 has been all about problems, chaos, and coming to terms with the extravagant ways some of us have been living. Consumerism, dirty politics, and a general American attitude of entitlement have reared their ugly heads this year. I think 2020 has been a wakeup call for many people. During the pandemic, some people have begun to be more frugal out of necessity, started to grow their own food and embraced old-fashioned skills such as knitting, sewing, and canning food.

These had been dying skills that have received a new breath of life due to the pandemic. Some of us have learned, or are trying to learn, to be more self-sufficient. I know it may not seem like there are any gifts of 2020, but I feel these things are the positive side of 2020. If this terrible year can make us better people and can teach us gratitude, then maybe we can take the gifts and try to move forward with those into 2021.

There is no guarantee that life or the world will be better in 2021, but we can try to make it so. We need to count our blessings and stop focusing on the problems and start focusing on the solutions. Masks, social distancing, and staying home a lot are our new normal. But this won’t be forever. Nothing is forever.

Use your home time to learn new skills that can help you and your family in this new, unsure world. Use your home time to get to know your partner and children better now that we are not besieged by busyness. Get to know YOURSELF and your wants and needs better…because let’s face it: Most of us don’t take good enough care of ourselves. I know I haven’t. It’s time to do that.

I call on us all to make lemonade out of lemons. We can do this. Together.

Love, Catherine ❤

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