When I sit down to write this message each month I try to think about our community and what makes it special. What makes it different? Nearly always the first thing that comes to mind is our neighbors. I think it is true in Mosby Woods that we have good neighbors because we are good neighbors. Our community spirit thrives because we feed it with good intentions and neighborly actions.
Last evening I went out for a drive to look at the Holiday Decorations in the neighborhood. What a great job everyone is doing this year! Regardless of how, or whether, you celebrate the holidays, I imagine it is hard not to be cheered a little as you look at the creative, and festive displays. 2020 has brought us so many challenges. We continue to face them with persistence, patience, and, as our decorations show, more than a little cheerfulness. This year we probably will not be able to celebrate the season in the ways we normally would, but we may be able to make our corner of the world a little brighter.
One of my personal traditions is to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens each year during the holiday season. One of my favorite lines from it seems particularly appropriate this year:
“Again the Ghost sped on, above the black and heaving sea—on, on—until, being far away, as he told Scrooge, from any shore, they lighted on a ship. They stood beside the helmsman at the wheel, the look-out in the bow, the officers who had the watch; dark, ghostly figures in their several stations; but every man among them hummed a Christmas tune, or had a Christmas thought, or spoke below his breath to his companion of some bygone Christmas Day, with homeward hopes belonging to it. And every man on board, waking or sleeping, good or bad, had had a kinder word for another on that day than on any day in the year; and had shared to some extent in its festivities; and had remembered those he cared for at a distance, and had known that they delighted to remember him.” – Carles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
As the weather turns colder, and darker, I encourage all of us to look ahead, to focus on those things that we can control, and not to worry too much about things that we can’t, and to find ways to celebrate at the end of a year unlike any other.
Happy holidays to everyone.