From political weariness to health concerns to media fatigue to financial stress, 2020 will be remembered as a time of mixed emotions with a few brief shining highlights–and the latter not even for many. However, amidst the dark and gloomy one can make space in one’s sensibilities for persistent treasures around us. The people who care for us, the people we love, the people who extend helping hands, the people who remain strong and steadfast during trying times–all brighten our internal landscape.
It must be noted, too, how profound an impact the physical environment has upon us. It is so easy to mentally bypass the blossoms, the fields, the lanes, the structures all around, wherever we go or wherever we stay. A deliberate look beyond the dashboard, beyond the computer screen, and past the cellular telephone brings an epiphany of sorts. Yes, the eyes can take in the geometry and color of the environment and deliver to our perception a revitalized sense of presence. John Muir wrote in 1911, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”