If I had a dollar for every meme I’ve seen about 2020 being the worst year ever, I’d be starting to accumulate a small fortune. Some of them are wickedly funny, but while I’ve been guilty of sharing some of the better ones on social media, I’m starting to think that maybe we need to change our thinking about this year.
Yes, it has been a really rough year – arguably, the roughest year in my lifetime. Never in my wildest dreams (or nightmares?) did I ever think I’d be stuck in my home, unable to hug my friends, wear a mask whenever I do leave the house, and that’s not even counting the turmoil our society is experiencing in so many other ways. But perhaps bemoaning what an awful year this has been is not the best way to start shifting the energy both on a personal and on a cosmic level.
So, rather than continuing to feed into the “hey, it’s 2020, what do you expect” attitude, and expect things to get worse and worse, perhaps we could focus on what we can do to turn things around, even if it’s only in small ways?
I love this Dan Brown quote I came across recently: “We are now perched on a strange cusp of history, a time when the world feels like it’s been turned upside down, and nothing is quite as we imagined. But uncertainty is always a precursor to sweeping change; transformation is always preceded by upheaval and fear. I urge you to place your faith in the human capacity for creativity and love, because these two forces, when combined, possess the power to illuminate any darkness.”
I propose that we don’t give up on 2020 just yet. How about if instead we
- keep being kind
- keep caring
- keep loving ourselves and others
- keep giving back as much as we can
- keep believing in a better future
- keep showing grace under pressure
The world, and this year, needs us to believe in the good.
Will you join me in not giving up on 2020?