Typically, I do not spend much time reflecting on the last annual unit of time when the calendar flips to the next one. New Year’s Eve & the big countdown at midnight is generally the same as any other night. But this year has had me thinking of 2018 big time. It was a monumental year for so many…some good, some bad…some horrific, some blessings…and of course a mixture for others.
My forest, and the boreal forest for most of North America, has seen deeply profound changes that will continue occurring for many years. Most areas of the boreal forest are dying, a fact many have been forced to come to terms with. Climate change cannot reverse what it has already wrought within our lifetime…not even within the next seven generations.
2018 has seen me spending many hours reflecting on how my land and the wildlife around has changed. Accepting what Mother Nature has dealt us and finding a new beauty with the changes has been a huge part of that. Countless hours have been spent and will continue doing so, in developing a new land management plan that will accommodate the wildlife and provide the best possible for them. Some of those new plans have already been implemented, others will happen during the oncoming year, and a great many will take many years to play out, but such is Nature’s way.
My health reached an all-time terrible low early in 2018, making me seriously wonder if I would see 2019. I thought about the changes I felt forced to make for the benefit of my land and came to the decision why should I do any less for my life. The healing and changes that have taken place just since June (when I enacted my new health plan) have been totally outstanding and occasionally I have to pinch myself to make certain I’m not dreaming. That’s not to say I am now healthy, but I am so much better than I was in May of 2018.
Like with many paths that seem to be doing so well, I did hit a slight bump at the end of October, a whole new curve ball hurled at me. Action is being taken and by the time I write the February issue of my blog, I hope to have incredible news to share with everyone.
Try some reflection for yourself this season. May it bring you unexpected blessings. May we all please share compassion, LOVE, and equality in 2019.