Friday, December 2, 2022

The second thing (really the first thing) I learned again in 2022

Poinsettias in the hallway
Barbara Muir © 
(Have to get some!)

I wrote this piece in 2015 to explain why I sign so many of
my letters with XOXOXOXOXO, and it resonated with me today.
I will be busy (rapid tested) with family tonight, so I hope you
enjoy my past post, lightly revised today.

"At this time of year when we're getting together with
family and friends (rapid tested) a part of me is thinking
who I wish I could see, could toast with a glass of
champagne, or sit down, and have a coffee and a
cookie with, and share a joke, or happy anecdote.

To all my friends and family who cannot be in
Toronto this year for the holidays, please know
that I love you and you are in my heart.

I learned the strong power of love when I held
my mother's hand as she lay dying.  It was
not about regret, although of course I wish I
could have spent more time with her.  My sadness
was about knowing I couldn't see her, hug her
and speak with her again.

After she died I knew I had to live to the fullest,
not for her, but because she would want me to.
And I understood in the most intense way
possible that however many years I had left on
the planet, they would not be enough to give
out enough love to the people I care about,
and to the world.

I don't mean to overpower people with the
XOXOXOXOXO.  I just mean to say I know
without question that however many X's and
O's I can put at the end of a note they will never
convey how important the concept of being
loving, and kind is to me.

Many friends at this time of year are sharing
ideas about beliefs and ceremonies they
enjoy.  But the common thread in everyone's
background is the importance of love and kindness.

Thank you for yours in 2022, and thank you
to all my friends and family for helping us to
enjoy yet another year of the pandemic.

XOXOXOXOXO to all of my friends and family

Have a loving your life day!

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