Sage words from Hattie McDaniel, that remain applicable for the new decade, “Putting a little time aside for clean fun and good humor is very necessary to relieve the tensions of our time.” Escalations are everywhere, with wildfires and war, strained relationships, stretched budgets, and tangled, tightening tensions.
New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday, it may be celebrated by everyone, everywhere, it is free of religion, free of nationality, and it is race and gender neutral. New Year’s Eve is equitable. New Year’s Eve is about time, time to reflect, renew, recharge, or regurgitate your life, if you are so inclined. Time, is an element all humans value. Days, hours, seconds, time is foundational to our human connective tissue.
As people prepared champagne, for New Year’s Eve, people were also preparing to deploy. Time toasting to the possibilities of a new decade, and time holding friends and family a little longer in a hug, hoping for their safe and timely return home.
In this new decade, which time ticked in with an exclamation point on escalations, let’s all give effort toward practicing Hattie McDaniel’s sage words, to employ a bit of humor in our lives. Everyone, everywhere is coping with something, with variations of visibility. Share the healing power of laughter with one another, including yourself. We are experiencing our first week of the new decade, so let us value the time we have.