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Feel Good, Live Simply, Laugh More

Nov 28, 2020 10:21AM ● By Maureen Cary

Can you believe it is December already? For a year that has kept us away from our usual routines, people and fun, it sure has flown by. I was just on a call with a woman’s group I belong to and there was conversation about focusing on the good things that happened this year. 2020 has seemed so ominous and dark— things that may typically go wrong in any year feel like they’re piled on to the unusual and we so easily forget the positive aspects. It’s good to remember, even among horrible things, there are good things, new doors open, there are new experiences that make us fuller, more rounded people.

Feel Good, Live Simply, Laugh More.  This Natural Awakenings tagline is among the reasons I jumped off the cliff (with a parachute of course!) and started this magazine.  These words describe my general philosophy in life. No wonder I was drawn to the magazine, and have done my very best to bring this message in words and actions to Rhode Island.  Trying to find middle ground with all the different beliefs and lifestyles, we have worked hard to bring peace, joy and common sense solutions to the readers that find their way here.

That simple, feel-good philosophy has been tested greatly for us all in 2020, some more than others. Our society is one that drives us to be connected. With so much anxiety and unknowns surrounding everything from our health, our livings, our families and our safety, remembering to feel good and laugh more has taken on new challenges. The increase in depression and anxiety not just in adults but also in children is staggering. Mental health problems were already too common; adding in the extra stresses can be too much for some. We urge you to reach out if you are feeling isolated this holiday season in any way you can.

This will be the first year in my entire life that I will not be spending the holidays with my family. Even so, my family has always been pragmatic. Birthdays and celebrations are not always convenient so we don’t think of a specific day as being an end all answer to celebration. Because of that, we are talking about doing Thanksgiving in June and Christmas in July. Those days on the calendar are just days but the people in your life are what the celebrations are all about.  We miss our friends and family but the long game is much more important.  Logistics are just variables as any shipping company will tell you. They can be shifted and changed and we can tell a different story.

Let’s tell a new story, find a different tradition or just temporarily change the ones as needed—look at the bright side and remember that 2021 is almost here!

 Peace and Love to all of our Natural Awakenings family.