It’s the beginning of a new year so I spent a few moments in silence this morning; reflecting and praying for the families and friends of the many people who lost their lives over the past year. Initially, it feels as if the world will be just a bit dimmer without each of them. But I’ve come to realize, that is my grief talking to me; my pesky internal dialogue that, over time, shapes who I am each day. If 2021 is truly to be a better year, I need to change the tone of that inner voice for more than just my own sanity and happiness.
You see, there will be life beyond this grief. My loved ones and friends would want that life to be good. Therefore, I’ve chosen to spin that internal dialogue into something more positive – because mastering that is truly the only way that each one of those who have lost their lives can live on in our hearts. This has been my lesson in 2020.
I see the courage, resilience and search for a brighter tomorrow in many of you, and I am truly amazed! We applaud the thousands of people in the front line: Direct Support Professionals, team leaders, supervisors and health care professionals who have put in countless double, and sometimes triple shifts to provide high quality care for the people they serve.
Here’s to hoping that 2021 is as promising as 2020 was difficult and uncertain. We look forward to recapturing joy and hope for all in 2021!
Until next time –