Keep Going {and be merry}

2020 has been a lot to handle.  Even with the vaccine (and a new president in the U.S.), 2021 will be a lot to handle too.  You know this, I know this.  What’s to say?

I don’t mean for that to be depressing, am simply stating a fact.  And I don’t necessarily want this to turn into a rallying cry or a cheering-on.  I’m just going to say this:

Keep going. Wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain social distance, get the vaccine.

Keep attending to the details of your life.

Sip the tea, do the laundry, scrub the sink.
Read a poem, make a grocery list, take a walk.
Hang twinkle lights, wrap gifts, pour more coffee.
Be still, breathe, rest.

2020 has been unsettling, and downright devastating for some.  Do you continue to shake your head at the news?  And do you place your hand over your heart in an effort to soothe the ache?  Me too.

Keep going.

I think about this a lot.

The going.
The paying attention as you go.
The living that is woven into (strengthened by) the paying attention as you go.

Even now, in whacked-out 2020.  Especially now, in whacked-out 2020.

Keep going.
And maybe with a little merry.


always the love, m



20 thoughts on “Keep Going {and be merry}

  1. Thank you for this. Some days it seems ridiculous to keep doing the small things when so many big things are going awry, and yet… I so appreciate the reminder to keep attending to the details of my life, to remember that it’s okay, because giving up on the small things isn’t going to fix the big things, it’s just going to make things harder.

    Wishing you a happy holiday! Thank you so much for all the posts, newsletters, and classes you’ve shared throughout this year–your words have been something lovely to look forward to and savor, and sit with, and I so appreciate all that you share with us!

    1. I know what you mean, Helena, I really do. What you said about giving up on the small things not fixing the big things (and just making everything harder)…a thousand yes-es to that.

      Sending love to you and yours, and wishing you happy holidays too! I hope they’re merry and bright. xo
      (and thank you so much for those kind words at the end…that means so much to me)

  2. Your note was a gift of hope and reality, and honesty and friendship. Also a reminder to stay in the moment. I appreciate this so much and I appreciate you Michelle.
    There will be no road trip for us this year to Chicago to see our granddaughter and family, but we have 14 years of Christmas memories that have brought big smiles and lots of laughter to our lives right now. We all have our health too. This is our Merry for 2020.
    Best wishes to you and yours Michelle.

    1. I’m sorry for your difficult year, and am admiring you for the personal work you’re doing. (keep going)
      May your simplified holidays fill your heart in new ways. And next year…you’ll be holiday-ing with those dear adult kiddos of yours. xo

  3. Thank you for the encouraging words, Michelle. I think we all need this gentle reminder right about now.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. Thank you Michelle for your clarity and soulfulness, your honesty and your wholeheartedness. Your images and words are a blessing and a balm for my heart.

    May your solstice and holidays be cozy, delicious, and joyfully present.

    Love and Light, Char


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