I hesitate when saying ‘Happy Holidays’ this year. The phrase seems hollow to my ears given the roller coaster ride the world is still experiencing. At the same time, I take it for what it is: A chance for me to dig deeper to find the ‘Happy’ in the lessons of 2020 and what they mean for 2021.

In 2020, the pandemic ushered in a period of courage and compassion through overwhelming hurt and stress. People from all walks of life stood up for justice and accountability, demanding new levels of transparency, responsible citizenship and governance.

2020 also rocked our individual and collective mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health like never before. It also made human connection that much more precious. I’ve seen more of my relatives via zoom calls than in pre pandemic days, when I was hopping on planes, trains and automobiles. This year I welcomed my first grandniece who lives more than 400 miles away.  I reached out to friends I haven’t spoken to in decades, forging new friendships and collaborations I did not expect.

Now turning the corner toward 2021, I feel more hopeful as I’m witnessing frontline workers receiving the vaccine, looking forward to celebrating my turn and that of my loved ones and colleagues.

There are still massive challenges ahead for 2021. At the same time, setting a clear intention for 2021 will keep you focused on what matters to you most and the life you want to create for yourself and your loved ones.

Here as some examples to get you started. Feel free to borrow any of them or create one for yourself.  More than a goal, a task, or resolution, an intention sets the tone for what you want to experience more of in 2021. Is it peace of mind, more time with family, celebrating your victories, remembering there are none too small?

My intentions for 2021:

To express gratitude and thanks out loud daily because there is much to be thankful for.

To play my violin daily as it brings a smile to my face and lightens the atmosphere of the house.

To trust what I bring to the table in support of people’s healing.

To advocate for the happiness and fulfillment of those I am blessed to encounter so we may each experience healthy living from the inside out.

An intention starts with you because what emanates from you comes back to you.

Go for what you desire to experience more of this year. The task list will follow later.

Wishing you health, peace, and happiness, today and in the New Year!

 

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