Reflections & Beginnings
I’m struggling to find the words to put here, to explain why I did not post last week. Suffice to say there were holidays to celebrate with family and friends, and still a few days of work, and the passage of another birthday. Good things, all. There were even a few moments – luxuriously long, some – of not doing much of anything at all.
And now, here we are, barely having dipped our toes into a new year with days ahead full of things we may or may not be dreaming of … and I’m wanting, even perhaps longing to be kinder, to be braver. Because it is embarrassingly easy sometimes, isn’t it, to take the easy route in life, to say the unkind things? To not allow others to work in to us and us to work in to others the things to help us all be braver and kinder, to step out into unknowns with knocking knees and trembling hearts, to look for the lovely behind the not-so-lovely.
Sometimes it seems it takes bravery to be kind in the world these days, doesn’t it? To show it to those near and dear, or via pixels and binary codes, to the stranger, to those who have hurt us, to those we’ve hurt.
I don’t know. Maybe I’ve been too long in front of this computer screen, searching for the perfect turn of phrase. But suffice it to say, I want to be kinder and braver for this trip around the sun, and for however many more such trips after that. It won’t always be easy, and I won’t always get it right, and that’s okay as long as I – we, even – all keep trying.
Happy New Year, everyone. Let’s see what lies ahead, shall we?