An Open Letter

Let’s be honest, 2020 rolled in as a kick in the ass, and nothing has calmed. This year will go down in history as one where we have lost, won, failed, cried, laughed, and loved. If we are lucky enough to be here still, we did not fold.


As 2020 winds down, I know many of us are yearning for the normal times (pre-Covid-19). This year continues to give us an extensive array of experiences that invoke feelings of sadness, struggle, pride, anger and loneliness. Regardless of the season in our lives we find ourselves in, we still can find happiness in the little things, and then there is always hope; hope that next year, as far as the pandemic goes; we can get a good widespread vaccine and promising therapeutics.


Changing our mindset has not come easily for any of us, especially as we have collectively dealt with the realities of Covid-19 and so many other events.


The sharpest weapon we have against anxiety, negativity and stress is our ability to choose one present thought for another. Remember, love has not been postponed, closed or canceled. Hope has not been postponed, closed or canceled. With that said, neither has grief. I have lost many friends and clients this year from Covid-19, not to mention other illnesses and injuries. These do not include the stories of others I heard about and did not know. It makes my heart ache, and I have shed many tears. I also have many friends who have caught the dreaded scourge and since have gotten well, which made me happy, so none of this makes sense to me why some are here and others are not. Only God himself knows the answer.


What makes me more upset is that no one is coming together, and the cavalier attitudes are not helping. We need to find a way to come together as human beings. Apparently, we are not listening. How many more wake-up calls do we need before we start treating each other with respect? Everyone has a right to their beliefs and their opinions. It is not up to us to judge them. We all are dealing with serious issues. Life is happening.


What will be your takeaway from 2020? It is not the weight that breaks you down, it is the way you carry it. Compassion is the key to overcoming hardship. You can never know how many lives you have touched. Remember, it is far more than you think. Even the tiniest acts of kindness can have a massive ripple effect.


Thank you for reading. I truly appreciate your support. Happy New Year to all of you. Stay safe.


Remember to keep the circle positive, peaceful and loving. ©


Written with love.


Joy M. Mills
Copyright © 2020


**This article is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal or other professional advice. This article was written to support, not replace medical or psychiatric treatment. Please seek professional care if you feel you have a condition.



Disclaimer: This article is not intended to address those with clinical depression or other mental illnesses.