Have a safe new year, everyone. To my fellow writers, it has been a tough year. The loss of a loved one, a close friend, the plight of a community in distress, unforeseen pitfalls, all these are potential cataclysms that make a writer’s pen even more strident. But writing from the soul amid fogs of uncertainties can turn novelistic prose into gut-wrenching tales—tales of personal experiences, of life and death, and of hope and fear.
Oh, it has been a hell of a year. So many lives lost, ushering tears that may never be wiped away. I have suffered twin blows this year when my both mothers passed away. One is my wife’s mother who has succumbed to the deadly disease and the other is my biological mother who has died because of lack of medical care, as all efforts have been diverted to fight the epidemic.
Yet, many of us have survived it—for now. So, as another dreaded year is approaching, safety must be front and center. I cannot wish everyone a happy new year. I wished I could. Happiness and uncertainty are incompatible. So, heighten your survival instincts. Follow the medical guidelines. Be safe. Empower yourself with more love and compassion, for these two entities are intertwined. Peace and love!
These are my wishes.
Note: Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine . He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Methods at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.
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