Despite the cheeriness of my happy Fruit people I haven’t actually been feeling so Christmassy this year. I’m tired. I want to be all Scrooge and bah humbug but the Mango within won’t let me. I had cancelled my live tree weeks ago but the other night inner Mango won and forced me down to the garage to find the smaller back up tree and lo and behold I got that sucker up.

How are you feeling at the end of 2020? I’m not sure how I feel. I seem to be struggling and I can’t quite put my finger on it. People have lost jobs, people have died, the world is in a mess, we began the year with fire and certainly in my neck of the woods, are ending it with flood. But there was a lot of good stuff too.

After the initial shock of losing all my work I have to say how much I enjoyed not flying and just being ensconced at home; the Lime in me enjoyed living a quieter life without social obligations.

The Apple in me enjoyed planning and getting new projects up and running, having dedicated time to solve problems as they arose.

My Mango loved these new projects, able to focus on them rather than try and fit “real work” in.

The Banana in me was happy to hang out with my partner and just enjoy each other.

If your year has been extra tough, make sure you go visit Future Crunch for some global happy vibes.  They tell you everything positive happening in the world and you’ll find it’s essential, compelling and completely uplifting reading. For example, this excerpt –

The WHO says that malaria deaths fell to the lowest level ever recorded last year. The mortality rate has dropped by almost 60% in the last two decades, from 24.7 per 100,000 people in 2000 to 10.1 per 100,000 in 2019. Take a moment to appreciate this: 1.5 billion malaria cases and 7.6 million malaria deaths have been averted globally in the period between 2000 and 2019.

We might be limping into Christmas but by the time we hit 2021 will be jogging again so take inspiration from your inner Fruit.

Set an Apple goal and work towards it, find purpose, no matter how big or small.

Mango will tell you to make sure you have fun doing it.

Lime advises you not to take unnecessary risks and give yourself more grief – we’ve all had plenty. Enough already.

And listen to your inner Banana and be kind to yourself, to others and to the planet.

As always, it is my privilege to share my work with you and thank you for being part of my life in the year that is never to be forgotten.

My heartfelt best wishes to you and your loved ones for a beautiful Christmas time and a chance to breathe again.

See you on the other side.

Find out your preference for Apple, Mango, Lime or Banana, do the short Fruit Quiz.

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