2020 has been a year like no other. If you’re like me, you may be feeling battle-weary and compassion-fatigued. It’s all been so draining. So the thought of magically hitting restart on January 1st with a laundry list of self-improvement projects seems wildly out of sync. We’re EXHAUSTED, for Pete’s sake!
This new year, I’ve decided to take my cues from Mother Nature’s wisdom and the changing of the seasons. With certainty and like clockwork, each November Mother Nature begins winding down. The hours of sunlight decrease, temperatures chill, leaves fall, animals prepare for hibernation. Nature intends the winter season to be a time of rest. But how do most humans behave? We ramp up our activities around Thanksgiving, and we continue that accelerated pace right through the holidays. Just when we’re completely drained by this flurry of activity, we cap things off on New Year’s Day by diving into our most arduous self-improvement projects.
What’s on your list? Lose 10 pounds, start exercising, volunteer more, declutter the garage, and on and on. But wait, didn’t you hear? We’re EXHAUSTED! And it’s dark out, it’s cold out, there’s a raging pandemic out there. Enough! Who says we need to start everything new just because the calendar flipped to 2021?
Let’s refer back to Mother Nature. When does she begin anew? In Spring! Picture this... it’s the first warm day, maybe late March or early April. The sun is shining, higher in the sky now. Daylight savings time begins. You step outside, unzip that winter coat, hear the birds singing. How does this make you feel? Alive? Awake? Hopeful? Doesn’t it feel more natural to want to begin anew in sync with Mother Nature?
I had a long list of big projects I planned to launch beginning in January. My own Covid experience caused a full stop to all my industriousness. Honestly, my illness held the blessing of slowing down, embracing Nature’s cycles, allowing myself to rest and to heal.
2020 wore us down, and we’re just beginning to hope again. Everyone needs time, everyone is granted permission to be still, practice self-care, daydream, snuggle under the covers. We earned it! We deserve it!
My projects will still be here come springtime. Perhaps the stillness of the winter months will offer insights to refine and improve upon my plans. All I know is that when those first days of spring arrive, my heart will feel lighter, my energy renewed. From that place of strength and hope I will be ready to offer my best to the world.
Care to join me? Mark it on your calendar, the first day of spring, March 19, 2021. Heck, maybe by that time, we can have our much-delayed New Year’s Eve celebration as we welcome in Mother Nature’s Happy New Year. Until then, I’ll be snuggled under my electric blanket, sipping tea, and watching black and white films on Turner Classic Movies!
What about you? How do you plan to welcome this new year? Please leave a comment below.