It’s late Sunday morning, and I am sitting at my dining room table. My husband is in our little ‘reading nook’ that we created in our living room reading a book he was given this Christmas with sunlight pouring through the windows over his shoulder. On the Sonos speakers is Metallica, which makes me smirk because not 20 minutes ago the strains of a jazzy guitar and piano echoed through the room… a nod to the eclectic taste of music that fills this house on a regular basis. I look out the open windows through to our backyard, over the grass and into the preserve that is filled with tall grass and a field of trees – some with leaves and pine needles, some without – and I find myself with a quiet mind.
It’s a rare thing these days to have a mind that is peaceful and quiet. Usually, it runs rampant with the thoughts of things I need to get done for work or at home or about my family. A million thoughts a nanosecond, phone in one hand and a venti non-fat mocha, no whip, in the other while walking as fast as I can to the next meeting, office, phone call, whatever. The chaos of working in a fast-paced world of instant information where if you didn’t have the information 5 seconds ago, you’re already too late can be draining on a thousand different kinds of levels and that’s before you add in the trolls, the haters, and the nay-sayers.
So here I sit, Metallica screaming through the speakers at a level much louder than it probably needs to be, looking over a living room now sans Christmas decorations with a husband deep into a book about World War II and still trees outside windows with sunshine filtering in simply… being.
There are things that we sometimes forget to do to take care of ourselves in the process of living our lives and building our lives together with the people around us that are critical, and I ask you to find time to do those things in 2020. We are in for a year of chaos and challenges, and in order to survive without any regrets, I truly believe we must all find a way to be centered ourselves.
Sounds a little bit too “new age” for you, doesn’t it? I know. But they don’t call me an “Angry Hippie” for nothing.
When it comes to politics and religion, people tend to have this stance of “it’s either my way or the highway” and it has already begun to drive major wedges between friends and family alike. Throw in sexual orientation conversations and suddenly families are torn apart and people are disowning each other. Then comes any other volatile “topic of the week” and things continue to grow and fester and suddenly… Well, you get the idea.
All I am asking of you is to take a moment to think before you speak. Enjoy a moment of peace once in a while. Take a walk and remember why you fell in love with your partner. Find some happiness in the company of others and not only hate, anger, frustration, annoyance. Add that to your new year’s goals or resolutions.
2020 is going to be hard enough as it is. Let’s not add to it. As for me, I’m going to get back to posting regularly on here this year as one of mine. The next post will be more normal Jamie and less preachy. Promise.