Happy Holiday Season, Friends! Does it feel happy to you?
Here in Southern California we’re in another shutdown due to a surge in the number of COVID cases. Our hospitals are nearing capacity and sadly, the death toll is rising.
The lockdown order will extend through Christmas, and possibly into the new year. We’ve been advised to stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary to go out. No personal or public gatherings. Many businesses are closed, and non-essential workers are working from home. Restaurants are open for takeout and delivery only, and grocery stores are open at 20% capacity.
It definitely gives the holidays a different spin than the usual frenetic activity of shopping, decorating, wrapping, cooking, parties, travel, and whatnot.
Perhaps this is an opportunity to pause and redefine what the holidays have become — a chance to try something different, and maybe even invent new traditions.
I think we sometimes use the hectic pace of the holidays as a substitute for what we really desire — genuine connection with others. We all want to be seen, heard and truly understood. That is the greatest gift of all — someone who “gets” us. But with so much activity at this time of year, it becomes difficult to be fully present for another.
So how can we give the gift of true connection this year, when so many are feeling lonely and alone? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “Breath of Fresh Air,” 36 x 60 inches, repurposed acryic latex paint on canvas.