New Year Cheer?

 At the start of 2020 I wrote…

This is a new year, a new decade. And 2020 has a nice ring to it. So this year in particular may mark the start of a new chapter.

… And what a chapter it has been.

It had a touch of the Hokey Cokey about it…

In out, in out…

Most were relieved to wave goodbye to a miserable year as Big Ben chimed at midnight.

The pandemic and the trauma makes 2020 a historic year.

The nation tried hard to contain the virus: they pulled together and made personal sacrifices, while rekindling that old-fashioned community spirit of yesteryear.

But, the comings and goings of Boris’ chief adviser set a new tone for the nation.

People started to behave more subjectively, leaning more towards maintaining their own sanity and the emotional needs of those closest to them.

Mental health gained increasing recognition as it became part and parcel of daily COVID discussions.

Lockdown rules change faster than anyone can adapt to them. Continual confusion has led to frustration and misery.

There’s a lot of finger-pointing: life has become a game of blame and shame.

No wonder people were wishing away 2020 and looking forward to a new year.

The traditional build-up to and celebrations for a new year provide a short-lived psychological boost with wishful thinking; the clocks strike midnight and the moment passes.

The first of January is just the start of another calendar year; the start of another 12 month cycle.

We woke up to a new dawn, a new day.

Nothing magical occurred overnight; the challenges still exist.

And all challenges present opportunities.

A lot may have been lost in 2020, but there was much to gain.

Experience is the teacher and we are all a little bit wiser with the lessons learnt.

If you didn’t cash in, but simply sat back looking into your half-empty glass during 2020, the good news is that it’s never too late to change.

A happier year only lies ahead with a healthier mindset.

Hindsight’s a wonderful thing, so with 2020 in mind, here’s one or two thoughts:

- Be more tolerant of others: try not to judge people by your own parameters: there is usually more going on behind the scenes of individual lives.

- Life is much easier if you appreciate what you have and make the most of it.

- However bad the situation, try to go with the flow.

- Don’t suffer alone. A problem shared is a problem halved

- Doubt and uncertainty are part of making decisions. If in doubt, take small steps .