The start of a new year brings hope, faith, and lots of love for those in our lives. Some of us thrive on resolutions (I have never cared for resolutions), whether it be nutrition, dieting, fitness, a big house, a designer wardrobe, a better job, or more money. But after the year of 2020, do these things really matter? Do we want our lives to continue on a superficial spiral always desiring the next best “thing”? Is the next best “thing” truly in our best interest or have we been told what we should want and desire by the media? Do the markets and advertising agencies tell us what we need? When ultimately, we are being pulled farther and farther from our natural and internal desires for peace.
After quite a year of reflection, I have found myself reaching for the old and the worn and finding ways to reintroduce the tried and true habits of generations past. The people who grew their own produce, tended their own livestock, but always helped their community. These are the true heroes of our time – the laborers. We have forgotten their hardships and have dismissed their labor. If anything, 2020 has clearly put into perspective the need for these trades. The need for homegrown food, homemade items, and hand-delivered goodies to neighbors. This is what makes life worthwhile, as we travel a road to something greater.
We have trusted for too long on others for our food and our commodities, but still claim we are producing. But what are we producing, if we aren’t even able to produce food for our family? Where have we failed for our future generations? If we don’t return to our roots and teach these trades to our children, we will only become more and more dependent on others. Community living is very underrated by society. Instead of focusing on world-wide production, let’s focus on those around us. Only then will the superficial spiral end.
If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen a slow transition to the old and the antique, not only in the growth of our garden, but in focusing on handmade and homemade items more for our family. Through all of the hardships of 2020, I have found a deeper, meaningful peace that has connected me closer to God and to nature. It has taught me how to value food more, not processed “foods”, but what comes from the earth and to enjoy the seasonal changes. It has brought back my love for quilting and needlepoint. And ultimately, it has brought me to value my family and close friends even more than before. I’m truly grateful for 2020. No matter the hardships, it brought more important life lessons that I’m happy to accept and learn from. New Year Tidings to All!