Point To Ponder: How do you perceive the year 2020?
I'm scratching my head, wondering how we got here--the week before Christmas and only twelve days remaining in 2020. On one hand my brain is filled with swirling thoughts and I’m having to slow down my fingers from frantically typing. On the other hand, my brain feels fried, empty, exhausted and confused....leaving me dumbfounded, frozen and staring at my keyboard. Regardless of my feelings, and as much as want to flip the page on 2020 and get the heck outta dodge, this year cannot be written off. It is of immense importance to end 2020 properly: to pause, reflect and acknowledge the wins, disappointments, incomplete items and all the things I are grateful for (that occurred in the year).
There's no doubt that 2020 has been weird, difficult, bizarre, and unlike any other year, but if left up to my head (the ultimate story teller), I won’t recall any of the good. I'll just recall all of the weird, difficult, bizarre and hard. However, if I thumb through my 2020 calendar and photos, the story will be flipped with facts (not emotions), which I suspect aren't as terrible as my head would like to make them out to be.
Who knows why 2020 was “2020”. Maybe it’s the course correction we needed—to get off the hamster wheel, recalibrate, and determine who and what are necessary in our lives--to be reminded that nothing is permanent and nothing can be taken for granted. I don’t have the answers. I don't think it's ours to figure out right now, but what I do know is 2020 needs a proper send off, and I’d like for you to consider joining me by flipping through your 2020 calendar, your iGnite class history, and your smart phone photos. Then, as you flip and reminisce I encourage you to write down your wins, disappointments, incomplete items that you may or may not want to take into 2021, your ah-ha moments, epiphanies and all that you are grateful for.
Without having taken the time to sit down and take a good hard look at 2020 yet, off the top of my head my letter to 2020 will look something like this:
Thank you for being the fertilizer that is helping me grow into the person I'm created to be
Thank you for making me stronger and more agile
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to recognize who and what in my life are necessary and non-negotiable
Thank you for reminding me that I am gritty and I can do hard things
Thank you for giving us another platform that allows us to iGnite together
Thank you for giving us a perfect summer and fall season to iGnite together outdoors and in person
Thank you for helping me realize nothing is permanent and nothing can be taken for granted
Thank you for the opportunity to course correct and recalibrate
Thank you for opportunity to strengthen my faith
Thank you for the laughs, the opportunity to get completely addicted to Netflix series, for teaching me patience (ugh!) and for being the year I'll look back on and say, "that was crazy!" 2020, I'll never forget you.
Set aside some time to flip through your 2020 calendar, your iGnite class history, and your smart phone photos. Then, as you flip and reminisce I encourage you to write down your wins, disappointments, incomplete items that you may or may not want to take into 2021, your ah-ha moments, epiphanies and all that you are grateful for.