Blog Takeover + Reflection featuring Glass House Collective Creative Strategist, Erika Roberts
I hope that you have had some amazing moments with your family. I hope that you made new traditions and honored the old ones. I hope that you ate well and slept uninterrupted.
Thank you for spending time with my words…
What a year!!
No matter where you are in the world, we can all agree that 2020 is a year that we will never forget. It has left its distinct fingerprint on all of our lives. We’ve experienced a lot together.
I imagine that in years to come lessons from this year will be revealing itself to us. We will have a deeper understanding of the things that happened. Purposes were defined.
Trusting the process became a walk of life for many. We saw the world’s issues through a lens of stillness. We took in deep breaths and spoke our truths. We eliminated life’s clutter and focused on those important things. We cherished our time by honoring the present. We talked more about
Being gentle with ourselves which has become our daily mantra.
This year has been challenging and rewarding both at the same exact time. We pushed ourselves into brave conversations around politics and racism. Those conversations are not over with either. We still have a long way to go.
I began writing the first blog takeover not long after we went into shutdown.
“For this time, from my tears the words flow.
Letters sliding down my face…leaving a bitter trace
if only the watchers knew …that these wet blades of feelings
hurt like the coldest fire…like the driest heat…
these shards of liquid glass cloud my eyes as they lock under my chin
collecting themselves waiting on the leap of faith waiting
to be wiped away into a tissue of forgetfulness.”
I remember the unrest I felt as I wrote about real life. I felt heavy. I truly felt a deep sense of responsibility to be vulnerable, no matter what.
I am thankful for what this year has brought and for what it will continue to bring. I cried a lot this year but I wasn’t particularly sad.
Tears from isolation.
Tears from fear.
Tears from missing the stage.
Tears from politics.
Tears for Breonna Taylor.
Tears for George Floyd.
Tears for freedom.
…thankful for it all
My thankfulness is in no way showing disrespect toward those that suffered this year. We all have suffered and sacrificed in order to stay sane. This was a pause. We had to be still and take it in.
I honor those that lost their loved ones to Covid-19. May they find comfort and peace.
I know that there is a lesson in all things. We may not see it right now but in due time it will be present. As we enter these last days of this year, let’s focus on what we will take with us to 2021. I will take an open mind and a receiving heart. I encourage everyone to take stock of 2020 and be thankful.
I hope this finds you well. Not everyone is a fan of yours and that’s quite ok. Thank you for providing a space of stillness so that we can reconnect with our purposes. Thank you for giving us permission to cry.
Thank you for being patient.
We will look back to this moment in time and be humbled & proud. Thank you for being aware and for being ready.
Thank you, 2020.
Cheers to 2020.