This past weekend, deconstructing Christmas became absolutely necessary. More pine needles lay under my tree than remained on the branches. And Saturday was the last day of the Sanitation Dept’s scheduled tree pick-up. All I had to do was unstring the mini-lights, vacuum up the needles, and pack up three new ornaments, gifts from my sister and two friends who know my passions. And also know that I usually have a decked-out tree. But I ran out of time for full-on tree decorations. As it turns out, those sparkly ornaments prompted my mantras for 2022.
I realized the three ornaments — all pictured here — told a holiday and New Year’s short story of love, truth, and self-determination. I share the story with you now as my inspiring, supportive mantras for 2022 and beyond.
Love is love.
We should all be lucky enough to find it. And allowed to find it.
Transgender people exist.
Like every human, trans and nonbinary people of all colors, ages, and abilities deserve respect, kindness, and equality.
Be proud of your shine.
Peacocks are known for their splendor and poise. They show their true colors without needing anyone’s permission. We must polish our own and then look for the radiance of others.
Are you with me?
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