Our family received so many lovely holiday greetings this year while ours never made it out. Such is life. We did manage to host our 2nd Annual New Year’s Day Open House, and a more wonderful way to mark the new year I couldn’t imagine.
Both the holiday greetings and many of the conversations we had with people at the Open House affirmed something I’ve been thinking about since the holiday season started and the “family and life update” letters began coming in. And that is that we are all so much the same. We mark our years by family milestones, the births of children, the losses of those we love, good health and bad, work struggles and successes, time spent doing what needs to be done. They all seem to send the same message: we are carrying on.
I’m struck by how hard we are all working at figuring out if we’re doing the right things, living the right ways, making the right choices. One car or two? Church or alternative spiritual practice? Giving material gifts or “experiences”? Are we doing right by our kids, by ourselves, by the world around us?