I had big and bright hopes to be writing a much happier and optimistic greeting as we head into our final week before Christmas – however as it seems like we are so often faced with lately, I write this as we head into yet another week of uncertainty.
This being said, I believe that with all things Covid related, being certainly uncertain is just how the landscape seems to be perpetually written.
Things are in a state of constant flux.
We tend to go one step forward and two steps back.
For a while, the prospect of a relatively ‘normal’ Christmas seemed to be definitely in the cards. Yet here we are again in a state of pending lockdowns and minimized Christmas experiences.
However, as constant as the Government and Health care officials seems to have us doing the Covid shuffle, it doesn’t have to be all bad.
Some times we need to dig a little deeper to find these silver linings.
We’ve learned over the course of these past two years that if anything, less really is more.
We’ve been forced to see less, do less, and sometimes even have less.
However we have found in this time that we do take priority.
The situations of which we at one time found ourselves somehow ‘forced’ into, have become few and far between.
We’re saying no.
We’re stepping back.
We’re taking time for ourselves and making our own personal well being priority once again.
While we may miss the warmth and excitement of a huge family Christmas, or the traditions we’ve had in years gone by – whats to say we can’t continue with the new traditions we started last year when we were facing a similar situation.
Yes we are all tired – exhausted even – from the roller coaster of emotions felt on this Covid journey.
We can be angry, we can be sad.
We can shout things from the roof tops and push our agendas on anyone willing to lend an ear for a few minutes.
In the end – what have you changed?
If all of your anger and all of your sad and all of your talking hasn’t resulted in either making you happy, putting yourself and those you love in a better situation, or ultimately – single handedly ridding the world of this entire pandemic – what was it worth?
Is it worth it to dwell on the faults of others?
Is it worth it to dwell on what we cannot change?
Or is it better to move forward with the best we can make out of a bad situation.
Embrace the now.
Embrace the joy we may have to dig deep to find.
Make new traditions.
We can continue to support our local economy and local friends by shopping from small businesses. Supporting our friends and neighbours in these times which undoubtably are hitting them the hardest.
At a time where Canadians travel and spend a lot of the holidays with friends and relatives and constantly on and off of highways to get to the next festive event.
Why not instead stay home – order local take out and start a new tradition?
Embrace the quiet moments with the people under your own roof. By most accounts, you choose to be with those people first and foremost so why run from it?
There are still events and still festivities albeit in a limited capacity.
Have you ever stepped away from the screens to walk around your own neighbourhood and take in the Christmas lights on a wintery night?
We go out of our way to decorate our houses every year – and for what if you’re not going to step out and look at the bigger picture?
Fill a mug with hot chocolate and take a stroll.
While both sides are on about which one is right – why not step away from the news entirely.
Finding all of the quiet and peaceful joys that this season has to offer and embrace them.
Much like tinsel on a tree – you’ll find a little sparkle, a little glimmer of hope everywhere you look if you’re looking hard enough.
So as we head into the days leading up to Christmas – lets embrace the now.
Find the joy, enjoy the quiet, and look for the sparkle.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Prot
ection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration.
Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.