Growing up in a nuclear family environment in Vietnam, I always valued the closeness in every holiday gathering, sad event, or happy celebration with my family.
Last year, COVID-19 created a sense of isolation in all of us who could not travel to be with our loved ones. In my life, it was the only year I did not get to see my family and I was sad. I know I wasn't alone. The entire world was isolated, and all of us were in the same boat.
Thank goodness for Zoom; we had Christmas and many holiday dinners with our loved ones through our devices so that we could see each other.
I am grateful to have a small gathering with my mom and son this year. The visceral feeling of joy is overpowering, and I am beyond happy.
It would have been a happier occasion if my brother and his family of four could have joined us. That was the plan until the morning of departure; he found out that he got COVID.
Fortunately, no one else in the family was impacted by the virus.
Our hearts sank when they canceled the trip. We all feel bad that our little ones could not fulfill the excitement built up for weeks up to that point.
My brother felt awful, more so mentally than physically. It wasn't his fault; stuff happens!
He has now confined himself in quarantine for a few weeks. We are praying he will get through this swiftly.
I am sad that all the anticipation was short-lived but thankful that they are safe and in the comfort of their home, not being sick on the road or unknowingly spreading the virus to others.
Please, if you could, say a prayer for all who are sick and can not be with their families.
The pandemic is a wake-up call that makes us appreciate each other more, our health, and not take for granted the time we have or the opportunity to be with each other. I intend to make the most of my time in every aspect of life.
For me, 2022 will be a year of taking brave actions and living fully to deliver my message of resilience.
My goal is to inspire more organizations, associations and to empower more people to live fully with their authentic selves.
I believe we are at our happiest when we can live passionately to fulfill the desire of our hearts.
I genuinely hope you are surrounded with love and have a beautiful time with your family this holiday season.
My thoughts and prayers are to folks who have been battling health issues or have lost their loved ones due to COVID or other related adversities.
I thank you for your support this past year. You inspire me to continue sharing my story to inspire others with my life-learned lessons.
P.S. For those who have read my memoir, given me words of encouragement, and written reviews for my book, I THANK YOU. My goal is to get at least 100 reviews on Amazon.
I am very close but not there yet. If you read my book and liked it, would you write a short review for me if you haven't done so already? Thank you so much!
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