This year for Christmas, my mom came through. A mug and a box of tea. This simple gift told me that she really knows me, understands what makes me happy and appreciates the activity that brings me the most calm. A cup of tea while reading a book.
Very few things in life bring me as much joy as reading a really good book. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that when my children were little, I remember telling them to find something to do so “mommy can finish her book”. This is no longer a request I have to make, but I would probably continue to do that if I had to. Reading calms my nerves and relaxes me after a long day. It is an escape when needed and takes me to places I have never been to.
2018 was a really stressful year. As all families, we had our sources of personal sadness and stress, but those are not what I am speaking of. The world as a whole has been a stressful place. As an American, I am constantly on the edge of fear, never knowing what certain leaders, who shall remain nameless, will do. I worry about the world we are destroying for our grandchildren. I am not embarrassed or ashamed to say that these worries have stolen more than a couple of hours of sleep. I tell myself I can’t do anything about what happens, so I shouldn’t worry. Funny how that doesn’t work. I am also very aware that we can all make a difference if we work together and make individual choices that will encourage change. At this point, our awareness of the choices we make might actually make a noticeable difference. Do I believe that one person choosing to enact Meatless Mondays will change the world? No. But a million people making that choice will.
My goal, not resolution, for 2019 is to calm these worries. I plan on reading more positive books, enjoying a bit more tea, spending precious time with my family and friends and living in the moment. I will continue to make lifestyle choices that I believe are healthy for the environment and will vote with my dollars. That is really all I can do. But, setting all that aside, I will continue hope that 2020 brings my nation a change of guard that might calm the worries of the last 2 years.