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Adapt, Learn, Do Differently

pair of eyeglasses over the number 2020As the year comes to an end, I hope your vision has gotten sharper, your hearing more acute, your mind more flexible and your attitude more positive. These are the major lessons I’ve gleaned from what I will always think of as “The Year of Doing Different.”

Long ago, I learned to expect the unexpected and welcome change. All of us know that “stuff happens” and that life can “turn on a dime.” This year certainly bore out those statements with the crystal clarity that only 20/20 (or 2020) vision produces.

I’m looking forward with a happy heart to the days ahead and welcome them in all of their variety, having learned that I have the strength, insight and adaptability to map a helpful course through whatever challenges present themselves. All of us have been tested in various ways this year and given the priceless gift of learning and growing through the changes presented to us. I have new skills, better tools, a keener understanding of my needs and purpose, and more awareness of how forces that initially seemed beyond my control can be dealt with in a manageable way. What a blessing the year has been as I reflect on it.

I’ll happily put 2020 to rest with satisfaction in staying the course and refusing to be overwhelmed by circumstances. The last great pandemic was a bit over 100 years ago and a significant landmark in my family. It was the year my mother was born, the fourth of seven children in a small railroad town in the hills of West Virginia. She was a scrappy baby and made it through the Spanish flu pandemic that took so many lives. She carried her family through rough times with grace and resilience and taught us well. Had her mother not adapted and protected her family so ferociously, Mom may not have made it and I would have never been.

As John Michael Montgomery said,
“Life’s a dance you learn as you go
Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow
Don’t worry about what you don’t know
Life’s a dance you learn as you go.”

Embrace the new year and your new life, bravely!

I Care, Barb

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