November 15, 2021
Rise up this morning, smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds pitch by my doorstep
Singing sweet songs of melodies pure and true
Saying, “This is my message to you”
-Three Little Birds, Bob Marley
Sometimes we need to remember the words of this song. As we slide into the madness of holiday celebrations, it is important to remember that we are not the same as we have been in the past. You have changed along with everyone else. Your reptilian brain may be in charge whether you want it to be or not.
Perhaps in 2020, you did Zoom holidays as many families did to remain safe. In 2021, there may be more expectations for face-to-face gatherings (just like pre-COVID), which may be causing anxiety because it will not be the same. Just like going back to the office after the crisis, going back to family after the crisis can be a bridge too far.
No single response seems correct yet we would like it to be ONE way so we KNOW what to expect.
“Don’t worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry!”