Last year, I wrote about being healed around Christmas trees through a shamanic journey. I was very happy and calm and peaceful this week about the Christmas tree going up and being decorated. I’m sitting by the Christmas tree, as I write this. It is very late at night and the house is peaceful. I’m very grateful for that healing last year, as I sit by this tree, as I can see the hope in that healing, and it gives me lots of hope for the future. Hope about my family and our ability to grow together. Hope that I may eventually be able to put my childhood a back burner and not have it always in my face. This tree gives me hope that I will be able to look toward and lean into the beauty of life now and not be so controlled and overwhelmed by the past.