Goodbye 2020

By Jeff Burkhardt posted 12-18-2020 11:40 AM


Well folks, we made it. December 2020. And the holiday season is here. You feeling jolly? Are you ho-ho-hoping for the better 2021? After all, who is not?

I attended a seminar recently where the speaker referred to 2020 as being “a year out of balance.” I thought to myself that is a good way, a candid way, of looking at things this past year. Come to think about it, 2020 has been out of sync, hasn’t it? It has been a year where nine months, roughly the time when the pandemic first surfaced, has felt more like nine years. We went from being a society where we could hug a friend and say “Hello,” to a socially distant nation of mask-adorned people, mindfully six-feet apart, having conversations capped by prudent reminders to wash your hands and stay safe.

I have shared, over the past few blogs, about what the pandemic has done to society. I have illustrated how the pandemic, in some ways, has made us a better, more understanding people, acutely aware and sensitive to other’s needs. I spoke about how it has been good to discover our neighborhoods again, and that we have neighbors, real people who are more than just a passing wave, when we used to run to our now empty, or closed corporate offices, who we need to take time to get to know better.

Being a business-minded professional, like many of us here are, I have waxed poetically about how the pandemic has driven businesses to think about more than their bottom lines. How the pandemic, though compromising as it has been to millions who are struggling to find work, or for businesses looking to stay afloat, has propelled us to find ways to adapt and overcome the challenges we have faced. And while many of us still have a long road ahead, there’s hope, thanks to those tirelessly working to make things better for all of us.

And despite these long, crazy days since March 19, a few other things happened. We elected our next future President of the United States. We have seen pharmaceutical giants develop vaccines that may help us control COVID-19 once and for all. We have seen the beginnings of a needed economic recovery. Hiring is starting to come back. Industry and business, though far from where they want to be, are slowly starting to climb back from several tough financial quarters. And while there is much more to do, we see opportunity. We see there is a chance that things will return to normal, far away from this new normal we have endured in 2020.

American columnist Bill Vaughan said that “an optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”

Goodbye 2020. We have never been so excited to see a New Year arrive.

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01-01-2021 08:29 PM

It is so nice to refer to 2020 in past tense! Very excited to see what the "new world" brings once we get past the pandemic. ​

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