Bernie Rowen-Ross says I’m sure, like me, you’re looking forward to the end of 2020 ‘annus horibilis’ and hoping for ‘annus mirabilis’, which means wonderful year, in 2021.

Today, more than any other, is not a time for spending a fortune on unwanted Christmas presents and merry parties. It is a time to reflect on the amazing work performed by the helping-professions, the service-professions and the unseen heroes of the year. So this year, let’s celebrate them. How about a Christmas hamper for the nurse down the road, or the doctor who has been on duty while we sleep in our warm beds? The cleaner who has had their work doubled due to an unseen enemy, the volunteers who still do their voluntary work even if it puts their lives in danger, or for the lonely old man who cannot visit his family because it is just too risky. This Christmas, let’s celebrate our common humanity.

Whatever we do this festive season, let’s try to support as many local businesses as we can. It has been a really tough year for many, and we can share the cheer, by making sure everyone gets a slice of the pie. This year, try making your gifts – it will make some-one very happy. A friend of mine has ‘present rules’ – the gift must be either recycled or handmade. This way, the effort is rewarded with far more joy, than if the gift was delivered by an impersonal courier service.

Celebrate consciously. We saw how pollution decreased when we had to work from home. Let’s be conscious of the planet today, we all know we can make a great impact on our environment for the good. We’ve changed in the past year, and so much of what we have done – not taken flights and enjoyed holidays at home, spent more time with our families – has made an ecological difference. I know for some, this has been really tough, and this hasn’t gone unnoticed. For others, the gift of a simple life has been rewarding. Our on-line presence has increased, so much so, that we’ve become screen weary and board games have become a ‘thing’ again. We’ve learnt we can  have fun even in dire circumstances. 

Let 2021 be a year to be celebrated as we continue to be more conscious of all that is around us? I plan to make the coming year one to be remembered for the good things in life. Blue skies, bird song, crisp mornings, seaside walks, brave little plants that survive winter and the love of my family and friends. 

I take this moment to pause for those who have lost loved ones – “We see you through your grief, we hold you in our thoughts.” Let us put our thoughts for a better future into action and celebrate the now. Wishing all our readers a very happy 2021.

This article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have a medical concern, consult your health professional.

Bernie Rowen-Ross is an Ayurvedic Counsellor and Psychotherapist, she consults via Zoom
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