Wrapping Up the Holidays-2016

Photo by Marlen James

Happy Holidays! It’s time to wrap up 2016 (thank heavens for that) and also to apologize for being totally MIA for the last few weeks. I’ve really been struggling with myself for the last month or so and the times when I most need to write are the times that I very seldom do. I promise to write more in the new year!

2016 was a hard year, not just for me, but for many of us. It felt like a year marked by loss: a year in which we saw hatred, fear, and violence win too many times. That’s not to suggest that there was no good in the world this year. There is always hope and goodness and love –that is, if we choose to see it. It’s just that sometimes when we’re fumbling around in the darkness, we lose sight of what it is we’re fighting to escape. We get tangled up and disoriented and we lose focus. The darkness becomes familiar to us, and we stop trying to orient ourselves towards the light. That light is always there, it’s simply a matter of moving towards it, rather than wasting our energy on trying to make sense of the dark.

So there you have it. I hope your holidays were spent with the people you love, the families you were born into or the families you made for yourself. I hope there was warmth, peace and laughter and that you put away your cell phones for a night. I hope that those of you who struggle, like me, with the holidays and feeling alone in a crowded room found comfort for a moment (no matter how fleeting). 2017 is a new opportunity to bring more light and love to the world—be kind to others, but don’t forget to be kind to yourself.


The Duchess