As 2020 winds down, many people can’t wait to ditch it and rush into 2021, as if the clock striking midnight on Dec 31st and turning the calendar page will magically heal anything. Healing doesn’t come from a clock or a calendar. It comes from within; we know this. Healing is something we do in our consciousness, and it starts with being honest with ourselves about everything that has happened this year.
Can we all take a moment to acknowledge our collective exhaustion? No, really, hit pause and look back. Let's take a moment. This isn’t even a complete list of all we have dealt with this year:
I’ve been journaling lately, thinking a lot about how to acknowledge, heal, and release the pain of 2020. The process will be unique and different for each one of us. I invite you to consider some questions around this. Take your time, contemplate your answers, and take them into your spiritual practice:
My hope is that these questions will lead you to a contemplative release of 2020. I hope you are able to name the goodness in your life right now, no matter what you have experienced and may still be experiencing.
If you cannot see the goodness, the love, and the joy in this moment, know that you are not alone. Give yourself some grace. You deserve it. Step one is simply acknowledging that you want to see these things. I invite you to ask God to show you. In fact, I would suggest you get firm with your asking. I know I do! Demand to see it. Our thoughts, words, and beliefs are very powerful—we know this. Get out of bed every morning and declare:
2020 is winding down, and like you, I’m ready to acknowledge, heal, release, and move on to 2021. Spirit is still here. The one power and presence of God is still here, lovingly waiting only for our awareness.
Blessings, love, and healing of your 2020 experience.
Rev Cynthia McCarthy