Looking back a lot has been said already about 2020 and I know that we are all looking forward to 2021 and hopefully a better year for all of us.  But this year has or should have taught us all some lessons that we take with us forever.  I know that it has been a challenging one for most people and especially those who lost loved ones during the year.

For me just knowing that I couldn’t get home to Canada even if I wanted to, made me feel very sad.  I lost an uncle who I was very close to and my cousin’s husband isn’t very well right now.  There is nothing in this world that I would like more than to be able to be there for my aunt and my cousin.  I know that one day I will be able to but it hurts right now to know that I don’t have any clue as to when that will be.

That being said this year has certainly taught me a few things that to be honest I hope I never ever forget.  Here are my top 10 reflections on what I learnt this very unusual year.

  1. When we all work together we can actually accomplish anything. The people of Victoria came together in one of the harshest lockdown’s seen around the world.  There were amazing stories of neighbours helping each other and we worked hard to make our community a safer place.  It is paying off now with people having been able to spend Christmas together.
  2. There is something in every day that I can be grateful for. I started to write each night 3 things I am grateful for and it is amazing what you can come up with when you really look around you.
  3. Interactions that I have every day give me the opportunity to make a positive impact. It is amazing what just one kind word can do for someone.
  4. To focus on my purpose every day because sometimes I forget WHY I do what I do.
  5. Learn to listen, not just to the people around me but the world around me. When I started to listen I realised I could actually learn something and it is amazing what I heard.
  6. Be determined not stubborn because determination is positive and you can find a way to accomplish what you want. Where as being stubborn means that you are refusing to budge and have a closed mind
  7. Being successful doesn’t mean just doing for myself but also helping others be successful as well.
  8. I have finally learned that if I am tired, it just means I need a rest, it doesn’t mean I’m going to quit.
  9. There are two things that I am in total control of and those are my effort and my attitude

and finally

    10. One day we will all tell our stories of how we survived lock down and that story may become someone else’s survival guide.

I hope that the lessons and reflections I have had during the year resonate with all of you.  Let’s realise that although it hasn’t been the best of years that the dawn of a new year is almost upon us and we can hopefully move forward with hope and love for this amazing world of ours.

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

~T.S. Eliot

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  1. Durst Ulrike 28/12/2020 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    My lovely,
    Most of all your reflections you mentioned you realized already the time before and I think, now you have time to think about this.
    The situation not to be able to travel to Canada is horrible. Not to be able to be with your mother and sister I can’t imagine. I lost my mother this year and I miss her in so many situations, especially during Christmas time.
    Keep on living you style of life and try to get to Canada as soon as you can, for me it would be more important than any thing else.
    Nearly a year ago we stayed with you. This time was unforgettable to me and I’m so glad for this time together.
    I hope we will meet in 2021 and will have a lot of fun.
    A big hug to you and Russ..
    Stay healthy and blessed

    • CarolC 29/12/2020 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Ulrike, it is really hard to believe that it is already a year since you were here! I have missed seeing you this year in Europe but isn’t technology wonderful in that we can connect. I had a really fun Christmas on Zoom with my family in Canada and although it was sad that I couldn’t be there it was the next best thing.
      Hopefully 2021 will bring changes to the world so that we can physically see family and friends once again around the world.
      Missing you, HP and the family. Let’s hope that 2021 we can once again have a glass of wine together!
      Love you xxx

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