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Welcome to 2020: the year of clear vision

Beth Lapin


Welcome to the year 2020. Let it be a year of clear vision, not of hindsight nor of foresight, but in the present.

Let us remember as we stand at the ocean that it’s not the Atlantic or the Pacific or whatever other names we as humans have given them. The ocean is endless and it connects us all.

Let us remember that the air that we breathe circulates around the globe. The molecules we inhale may have come from Africa, or Antarctica, or Alaska, or Aruba.

Let us remember that the oxygen we breathe is here because plants convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into animal life-giving oxygen we inhale. It is a global cycle that allows life to continue on earth.

Let us remember to see the interconnections between us and everything else.

Let the year 2020 be a year of clear vision.

{with thanks to M2 for…

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Zumba together.
Either literally or figuratively, things go better when you dance together.
Work on project, chores, or just fun.
Anticipate each other’s needs and moves.
Lead when the other is uncertain.
Trust your loved ones to know the way when they have more experience.
Your teamwork will be rewarding when the goal is for everyone to win.


Yearn to learn something new.
Keep your brain cells active.
Take a new perspective.
Expand your world.

Let your curiosity lead you.
Millions of resources are at our fingertips. Online, in our communities.

A craft, a skill, a viewpoint.
Don’t stay stuck where you always were.
Grow yourself, and stretch.


Thank the plants for the oxygen they release for us to breathe. Thank the plants and animals for providing food and clothing. Thank the earth for providing water and nutrients.

Look around and see how much there is to be thankful for.

[In the spirit of providing daily commentary, I’m adding digraphs, those two letters that unite to consistently form a single sound, to my A to Z posts.]

Xplore the Outdoors

Xplore the Outdoors! It will improve our mental and physical health. We know how important it is to move. And researchers have found that plants produce chemicals that actually lower our cortisol (stress) levels.

The more we are outdoors, the more we feel the interconnection between us and the rest of the living beings. The more we see ourselves in nature, the more we can love and respect the earth.


Warble your song to the world! Speak up for those with less power, for those who aren’t heard, to those who don’t listen. Use whatever privilege you have, by birth or your actions, to lift others.

Use flowing, thoughtful words. When others are quiet, sing your beliefs.

Just remember to check: is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

(Thanks to MM for the word)


Voice your truth.
Allow loved ones to do the same.
This is not a license to hurt others, but an opportunity to be genuine.
It’s so much easier to remember what you’ve said when you speak truthfully!

If you go deeply into your thoughts, you will often find your motivation is to get even.
Or prove yourself right.
Or embarrass the other.
In those cases, what you had planned to say isn’t actually the truth.
The Truth is that you wanted to do harm.
Then you must delve deeper to understand yourself.

Others may also be confused about their truths. If they lash out, remember this desire to harm is caused by their own hurt, not truth.

This is a life-long process, uncovering and speaking your truth.