Happy New Year!

For many, if not all people, the end of 2020 cannot come soon enough. This has certainly been the most extraordinary year in any of our lifetimes. The loss of life, illness and suffering, financial hardships and great disruptions of everyone’s lives created much pain for all. The opportunity to put 2020 behind us is symbolic of our great desire to move to bigger and better places.

The way in which each of us went about our daily routines was greatly disrupted. Major life events, such as graduations, weddings, trips and vacations, internships, jobs, dinners, parties, sporting events, concerts, plays and other social gatherings were either canceled or conducted on a much scaled-down version.

We have heard politicians say throughout the course of this pandemic that we are all in this together. Although this may be true in that we are experiencing these unprecedented times together while attempting to navigate these rough seas, some people are in massive ocean liners while others are in rowboats that are leaking and about to capsize.

All of us can find something to be grateful for that we have experienced during the past year. The love and support of family and friends. The simple pleasures of a less complicated life. The ability to help those that are less fortunate. The strength of our faith and the good that we can see in so many people.

As we enter 2021, it would be a wonderful time to reflect upon how we can assist others in need through a variety of ways. Do you know someone that is isolated or could benefit from a phone call? Do you have an elderly family member or friend that you could call and find out what you might be able to drop off at their house or if you could assist them in some other way? Could you make a call to somebody and brighten their day?

Everyone is fighting a battle. For some people, that battle is quite obvious, while for others, it might seem nonexistent. I once complimented a mentor of mine who went out of his way to be so kind to someone that he did not even know. I was so taken by his kind gesture that I wrote him a quick note and told him how moved I was by his actions. He took my note and mailed it back to me after writing on the back of the card. It said: “it doesn’t cost any extra to be nice to people.”

I will certainly look for opportunities to help others. I want to wish all of you a very healthy, safe and prosperous 2021. I would also ask that you consider how you might be able to be a blessing to someone else. It doesn’t have to be anything big because it is really the thought that counts. Don’t forget, we are all in this together and together or apart we can all make a positive difference.