The winter has advanced quickly here in Maine, leaving trees bare and the ground hard with frost. The arrival of the harsh Maine winter seems to have distracted many of us from the coming of the new year. 2021 means a lot of different things to many different people, and most, if not all, of the staff and residents here are full of hopes, dreams, and commitments that they are determined to start the new year off with. The new year can pose some challenges, however. It is difficult to move on from the challenges and difficulties that 2020 has thrown our way. However, together we are resilient and strong, and there is no doubt that we will learn to keep the past year in the past and keep moving forward.
The mood at the farmhouse has been optimistic, and many reminisce over the past year. Many are learning to put things behind them, and to not dwell on the past but instead use it to improve the present. Many are resolute to return to their families in the best way they can. The world has changed a lot in the last year, and continues to change every day. Change is unstoppable and scary, but it is also important. Without it there would be no moving forward, and despite its difficulties, many are learning to appreciate it. One thing that everyone here has in common is the determination to make 2021 the best year they can.
In groups this week we have learned a lot about what the new year is about. Change, hopes, and opportunities have all been topics we have discussed. Discovering what we would like to change, but also what we’d like to keep. We have also wondered, what makes the new year a time of change? The arrival of a whole new year definitely prompts us to consider change, but what we sometimes don’t realize is that change is constant. It is important to be open to change at any time, and to stick with the promises you make to yourself. Thomas Jefferson was correct when he spoke about the willingness to do something you’ve never done, promises don’t come true without work.
However scary the new year may be, it is important to remember the lessons we have learned this year, and use them to improve, instead of regret. The new year is a time of promises, but everyone here plans to make it a time of action. We are all excited to see what the new year brings, and we are all excited to see what comes from ourselves. While we all may be exhausted and beaten down from the past year, there is no doubt that this new year can be a great one, full of promises that have been followed with action and success.
*Today’s author was awarded his “blues” on Wednesday and during the presentation, he was asked if he felt that he deserved to have a happy and successful life…to which he replied, YES. Have a nice weekend and HAPPY NEW YEAR!