I have to admit, when I wrote my Pax Tecum 2020 post, I had no idea we’d still be this mired in so many difficult things. At that writing, I was scheduled for my first covid vaccine injection in a few days. There was the anticipation that, with the coming vaccines, we’d soon be well on our way – not to eliminating covid – but to managing it. Joe Biden had been elected by a huge margin, and there was a feeling of euphoria at the knowledge that a change in administration was coming in a couple of weeks.
Looking and thinking back over this year, it is almost unbelievable how much has happened, both good and bad: the Capitol insurrection, the rollout of vaccines, wildfires out West, hurricanes and floods and tornadoes globally, the Delta variant and now Omicron, my own retirement, and the discovery of new family I had never known.
The enormity of it all has felt overwhelming, crushing at times, but then, there have been moments of absolute delight.
It’s so easy to focus on the bad, glued to the news for the latest breaking story, thinking, “What’s happened now?” Why does the bad grab hold so much more strongly than the good?
We’ve had to consciously make the decision to look for the good, to see and count the innumerable small blessings that surround us every day.
I don’t make resolutions at the New Year, but this year, the thing I have determined to do is to make more time to be still…
My wish for all of you is that you will find the stillness to see the good and beautiful things in your life, and that there will be many of them.