Hello friends and followers.

Geez, things have been weird, huh? Lately I’ve been wracking my brain, wondering how to approach this blog. I couldn’t decide if I should write upbeat, positive and inspirational ‘distractions’ from our current realities of covid, social and political turmoil and our holiday celebrations under these conditions. Or if I should just address what’s going on bluntly and directly. And each time I chose an option, I’d talk myself out of it. Thinking back to the days when I and my high school friends would go to the mall to shop for shoes, I used to say, ‘if I can’t decide between two pairs, I won’t buy either.’ Therefore, I choose neither.

Let me do this instead…

I do have a quote for you. But first I’d like to point out some parts of The Peace Lily you may not have discovered yet. If you’ve followed me for a while, you may have seen some. But if not, come visit. 🙂

On the Welcome Home page, I describe my intentions for the site. Then there’s the Dedication page, which honors both my beautiful children. There’s the Poetry page with a list of poems I’ve posted, most of which are my own but there are a few others, as well. (My favorite right now is Eos.) The Self-Help and Psych Resources is the meager beginnings of a list of links to resources and articles on topics familiar to me: Family Estrangement, Narcissism and PTSD. So far there are only three articles and I intend to include more as we go along. You can expect more in 2021. It’s on my list of things to work on for you. One of my favorite menu items is a page of Quotes for inspiration (and I promise to tell you today’s quote in a minute). There’s an About Me page, if you’re curious, and lastly a Contact page. And PLEASE feel free to contact me at any time. I’d enjoy the conversation.

Some of my personal favorite posts are:
When You’re Offered A Walking Stick
Birthright
What If?
River Song
Me and Charlie

Something to note – I’ve decided I need a break. I’m going to take the next few weeks off from posting to The Peace Lily. I’m planning on resting, making and shipping Christmas gifts and cards and I might even try and bake something, though I’m not sure what. It’s just my husband and me right now, so I’ll have to cut the recipe down to two servings, I guess. Of course, I’ll be writing. That’s like breathing for me. 😉 I’ll let you know in January how all that stuff goes and what I might have endeavored to bake, if anything. Look for me to start posting again the week of January 11th.

Ok. So, the quote. I came upon it years ago. It’s stuck with me and it comes to mind at seemingly random times. As I get older, I’m beginning to see the truth of it more and more, like slowly unwrapping a gift and finding it’s more, better and different than you initially thought. I’ve learned it’s from John Milton’s Paradise Lost. ‘The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell and a Hell of Heaven.’

Today I’m sending you all my sincere wishes for a peaceful, meaningful holiday season. No matter your circumstance, remember the quote. I hope all of our new year’s celebrations, dreams and wishes are happy and fun-filled. If not, remember the quote. At the very least I’m hoping that this winter brings the beginning of a new trend that heads upward from this last year’s theme of stress, tedium and chaos into a place of freedom, healing and balance. Or at least that we will remember to employ the quote.

As we head into Winter’s darkness, as we walk through the transitions of our government and as we move from the ending of one year into a new one, remember the quote. Our minds are their own places. And we have some say as to whether we’re experiencing Hell or Heaven.

Stay well, find joy and keep looking forward with hope for better times in 2021.

My heart to yours, I wish you heaven.
EBR