Good-bye 2020

It’s been a year, hasn’t it?  Good-bye 2020! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out! Anyone else feel this way about the year 2020?  

Before we say so long, farewell to the past year, let’s take a moment and reflect on the gifts that 2020 has given us. Yes, I said gifts. 2020 hasn’t been easy, but it hasn’t been all bad either. I’m not trying to sugar coat what life has been like as we live with COVID-19. For some, it has been devastating. Loved ones have contracted the virus and some have died. Hero health care workers have been stretched to their physical and emotional limits. People have lost jobs and find themselves living on the brink. Small businesses are struggling.  

Alongside the difficulties that 2020 gave us, we learned how to be adaptable. Educators have pivoted on a dime to help our children continue to learn. Parents too have had to adjust their lives as their children attended school virtually. Essential workers in grocery stores and public safety put their own lives at risk so we could have what we needed. Restaurant owners offered meals to go. Families got to spend quality time together. Religious communities went online to worship. Yes, we give thanks to all who have been creative and adaptive.  

Perhaps, the greatest gift of 2020 has been a huge reminder of what is most important in life. What is most important are the relationships with the people in our lives. We learned how much we miss seeing our family and friends and we have been intentional about keeping in touch, especially making sure those who are alone know they are loved. People and community are the greatest gifts to us! 

So good-bye 2020, and thank you!