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A Real Holiday Message

12/18/2020

All of us have received those annual “what we have done” letters from our friends and relatives each year.  However, we received one from our friend and neighbor, Ivana Basnight, that I thought was original and meaningful.  She points out that 2020 was not all bad.  With her permission, here is her message:

Christmas Greeting 2020 – A Simple Message This Year – JOY,

We hope you found joy-filled moments to savor in a year that, last December 2019, none of us would have been able to imagine.  Here we are, nine months of 2020 having been spent in ways that can only be described as “remote” or “quarantined” or “socially-distanced” — and yet, we have experienced, as we hope you have, JOY.  Joy in the quiet.  Joy in the sharing, even distantly, with those we love.  Joy in our health.  Joy in re-claimed time from our formerly too-busy lives.

So, we hope for you, in this new year, JOY – and wish to share with you, rather than a “what have we done” list of 2020, a lovely quote from Lao Tsu – with prayers that you continue to become all you have always meant to be, a human being filled with JOY.

“Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are.  When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

With warmest wishes for wonderful gatherings over this season of hope,

/s/ Ivana

All I can add to that is . . . AMEN!

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