As we enter the new year with high hopes and strong resolutions, I just wanted to acknowledge that for some it might feel like ‘oh not another year of depression!’ Or ‘not another year of disappointment and failure!’ Please don’t feel this way!
The fact that you are here facing another year is an accomplishment. What a year 2020 was and if you could get through that then you can definitely get through 2021 and every other year that comes your way!
Whatever life may throw at you in the form of illness, job loss, broken relationships and various other things testing your limits, just remember that if you have got this far then surely you will get through every other test you encounter.
I’m sure there were times when you felt you couldn’t carry on, you wanted to call it quits but you didn’t. Something or someone kept you going, it could have been your family or friends or even God but whatever it was, just cling on to it and persevere. Remind yourself of the saying, every cloud has a silver lining. Maybe you can’t see yours yet but it is there and sure enough when you see it, it will be worth all the heartache you went through to get there.
“What a beautiful blessing good health is, something we take for granted so easily.”
In 2020, due to the coronavirus, we all had to dig deep and find patience when we thought we had reached our limit. We had to stay strong for our loved ones when we ourselves were breaking inside.
We put a brave face on for our children when actually we were afraid of what was to come. Did we manage it? Yes we did and we will continue to do so for as long as it takes. Don’t give up, don’t ever give up because the strength you thought you didn’t have, you did! It just surfaces when you need it the most.
How do the mentally unwell cope?
While the majority of us may not have issues with our mental health, there are many out there who do. If 2020 made us feel threatened, frightened and close to the edge of our sanity, what about those who live like this on a daily basis?
I hate to think every year is 2020 for them but it might possibly be the case. What a beautiful blessing good health is, something we take for granted so easily. We may not be able to do anything in person for the people suffering mental ill health because of social distancing and the lockdown, but the very least we can do is send a heartfelt prayer their way for safety and recovery from their illness/issues.
What an eye opener year 2020 was! Did we ever think we would be living through a pandemic? The mundane became the highlight of our days and seeing our loved ones smile was the motivation to keep us going. Our world turned upside down and inside out because of you, Covid-19. In the midst of uncertainty, we can only thank God for bringing clarity in our lives and stripping away the frivolous.
So while we write down some new year resolutions for 2021, let the first resolution be gratefulness for the lessons of 2020.