Here is the handwritten note that I included in my cards this year. It says it all in terms of how long and exhausting it was to express the sentiment in the way that I wanted. It's dated 12/22/19, the day that I finally completed the poem.
"I just wanted to share a short note with you about this year's poem, one of them that took a long time to wrote. This is the 42nd version of an idea that started in my mother's kitchen back in 1978. Some years they have flowed easily from my pen. This was not one of those years. Like the poem explains, you can focus on the good and soar or focus on the fall and despair. For too long, I was feeling what the fall was all about... until I didn't. There is good all around. Find it and it will 'open your wings again.'
Certainly not the best worded note but it expressed the process all too well. I wish you and yours peace and happiness in 2020 and the very merriest of Christmases.