This past year was one of the toughest of my life, as I know it was for many others. While it’s tempting to want to torch 2021 or to view the past two pandemic years as a steady-burning dumpster fire, I’m challenging myself to look at the whole picture.

Along with the struggle and suffering, there was beauty, joy, and love. Along with the loss and pain, there was renewed strength, resilience, and deepened gratitude.

That we find light through darkness is the paradox of life, and what gives me hope for the future.

Let’s take inventory of all the people, places, moments, and memories that lift us from despair, and make them an oasis in our minds and hearts.

Let’s honor our experiences from the past year and face 2022 with openness, equanimity, and kindness for ourselves and each other.

May we all experience grace, peace, and love in the new year.

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