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Commentary: Bring on 2022

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Jodi Rall, Columnist File Photo

Jodi Rall is a Brentwood resident and writer. 

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, when we say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022.  

How has your year been? Are you a resolution setter, or maybe someone who sets goals for themselves?  

I for one am ready to say goodbye to this year. While we have had wonderful things happen in our family, we have also faced challenges, grieved for the loss of family and friends, and long for a new year with new memories.  

Since 2019, when I was diagnosed with some health issues and lost my mother, the one thing that has been etched into my mind is that we are not in control. As someone who is extremely goal-oriented and likes to be actively involved at church and in the community, it took time to accept my lack of control the past few years have brought.  

Peace. It is my word and motto. A pastor friend shared this saying with me several years ago, and it stays with me wherever I go: 

“Peace — it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work, it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” 

As we enter the new year, there is still chaos around us. The pandemic is not over, and we cannot predict what will happen. Finding inner peace is important in overcoming fear, anxiousness and frustration. 

We are not much for going out on New Year’s Eve. Often an early dinner and then watching the shows on TV one last night by our Christmas tree is how we embrace the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another.  

I love New Year’s Day, as it offers hope. For 2022, I have high hopes for the year, and my heart is singing for joy thinking of goals set, new opportunities and embracing every minute of life.  

Do you have certain foods you eat on New Year’s? We eat hoppin’ John soup on New Year’s Eve, and in tribute to our Northern family, sauerkraut and pork on New Year’s Day. It reminds me of our families and many memories from years gone by.  

Eating these foods is said to bring luck. I do not know this to be true, however, at this point, after living through 2020 and 2021, adding luck into the mix seems pretty good.  

While we cannot predict, control and foresee what 2022 may hold for us, my wish for you, dear readers, is to have peace in your heart and mind. 

Happy New Year!

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