The Voice of the Butterfly: A Christmas Message

"Imagine if you were holding a butterfly in your hand. What would you do to make it feel safe?" - unknown 

Today is V day: the day of the first vaccination of many that will  lead us out of Covid. As 2020 comes to an end this month, the wish for this Christmas to see our loved ones, to hug our friends and family. To live life in the open once more. 

My hope for Christmas is that we have learned from this experience and we do better because we know better.

If we had a crystal ball, and could have foreseen what 2020 would bring, what would we have done differently?

We can’t see the future. And maybe there's a reason we can't see into the future.Maybe there's a reason that hindsight is 2020. Maybe we need to learn the lessons of our experiences in order to create a brighter future. 

We are soon to put 2020 in the past, in just a few days and it's safe to say 2020 is the year the earth tilted. For the first time in possibly 100 years, we can all say, "me too." We are all experiencing life with a common thread of learning to manage in a pandemic. 

The holidays have a different tone this year, as has been the experience of every day this year since March. Many people are not celebrating the holidays this year with their families and indeed are being told to stay home and not share the holidays with their families. Some have had to say good bye to their families who lost their lives.  Others are suffering in loneliness due to COVID restrictions. 

Our hearts go out to the thousands who lost loved ones, and to those who are suffering either with illness or loneliness. It's been a devastating year for each and every one of us.  The price tag for 2020 has been too high.

Looking forward to 2021, I don't have a crystal ball, but I see an opportunity to be a little kinder and gentler in our approach to living, to understand the fragility of life and relationships. 


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