I was watching TV the other night — back in Ohio with my parents…where they still have cable. haha (In addition to Apple TV, but they refuse to “cut the cord!”) But as a result, I was privvy to see….commercials.
And there was one in particular that really stuck out to me, and frankly left a bad taste in my mouth.
It was about the New Year, and the entire theme was Goodbye 2020, and GOOD RIDDANCE.
And with this commercial, they showed a bunch of people’s self-created social media content of very “2020” things that happened…everything from a bride slipping on a wedding cake, to nurses suited up in PPE fighting COVID19, to the wildfires out west. And the whole thing just had this, bitter — almost snarky — tone to it.
And watching it, I thought to myself…wow, that is not at all how I want to go into 2021.
And I’ve seen this “Goodbye, Good Riddance” theme over and over – from the news, to podcasts, to social media.
And I’ve got just two cents, quickly, to reflect on on New Year’s Eve.
If there is one thing that I’ve learned from anorexia recovery…and having had to literally pick up the shattered pieces of my life, and figure out a) who I am, and b) how to move forward, it is this:
It is impossible to move forward into newness, without first recognizing, appreciating and applying the (most oftentimes, hard) lessons learned from the past.
We’re so quick to just slough off 2020, and say “Sayonara Sucker!” But that is so foolish. A 2020 mistake, if you will.
You see, 2020 has been one hell of a teacher, I think we can all agree on that. What is wise, and prudent, is to take an inventory of the abundance of lessons we’ve gleaned from such challenges.
And I’ll give you a hint: a great place to start, is gratitude.
2020 has shone a big ol’ spotlight on areas of our life we have to be grateful for: family, our loved ones, our health, our jobs, communication and social interaction…going out to eat!
We have an incredible opportunity to kick off this new year, 2021 from a place of humility: of gratitude.
Gratitude is one of the ways I have stuck to my recovery. I have learned to appreciate how dark and low my life was — when I was isolated, starving, deceiving my loved ones and shutting the world out in anger and shame. Those were hard lessons to take inventory of. But knowing how truly bleak my existence was during my disease, allows me to live in such gratitude now, for the things I so foolishly took for granted. Things like enjoyment of food, feeling confident in my body, having hair on my head and mensturating.
But gratitude is just one of countless, countless lesson brought about by the hardships of 2020.
And funny, because, literally, as I’m typing this post out, I received a text from my dad in our family group text:
Good riddance? I think not. Good riddance is what you say to your last cigarette, or the pesky splinter that is caught in your foot.
I invite you to join me in trying a different approach. And welcoming 2021 from a place of appreciation for hard lessons, and the growth they have incurred.
I’ll let my dad’s wisdom take us out for 2020: May God bless us all with Grace in 2021.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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