There have been very few years in history that compare to 2020. Time Magazine recently declared it the Worst Year Ever given the pandemic, the nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and the financial problems that have affected so many Americans because of the pandemic. Add the California and Colorado wild fires, the deaths of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman and over 300,000 Americans as a result of COVID, and the political landscape and it is hard to argue with Time’s proclamation.
We have been in such a rush to put 2020 behind us that we might have ignored one possibility - 2020 might not be the worst year we ever see. We do not know what the future holds. While we hope the vaccine, a new President, and increased awareness of social justice issues will make the future brighter, the truth is simple… we don’t know what tomorrow brings and we never will.
Instead of wishing away the rest of 2020, let’s start living the life we have today. To do that, you must first let go of the past. If you are reliving a past wrongdoing over and over, you cannot live for today. Write down those past injuries on a piece of paper - every single one of them - and then forgive them and physically get rid of the paper. Bury it in the ground, burn it in a fire, get rid of those past injustices and free up that space in your mind for today.
Next, focus on the good things around you. Notice the beautiful weather, the loved ones that are still traveling this earthly journey with you, the health you have, the job you have, the talents you have, and more. Be grateful for what you have, not focused on what is missing from your life.
I hope 2020 is the Worst Year Ever for each of us. But as Jesus reminded us in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” Or more simply, Carpe Diem (Seize the Day), for today is all we are promised.
Happy New Year!
Christy Crow is an attorney with Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C.