Happy New Year to all! I don’t know about you but 2019 was the saddest year in recent memory. We lost our good friend and founder, Joe Powers, in February. Bad way to start a year. Then we lost the husbands of two very good friends who had been fighting cancer for nearly 20 years. Good friends, whose marriages I thought were strong, will not be together in the new year. And three more friends are now cancer victims now fighting for their health. On a larger scale, I’m deeply saddened by the enormous divides in our country. We are little better than Children of the Corn.
Now that I have shared my personal devastation of 2019, it’s time to shed the doom and gloom and look ahead to what could be a most enlightening year. Aristotle wrote, “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” Positive thoughts and action produce light. It’s contagious. Just one sparkle could ignite a revolution of hope. Hope for those suffering with illness, loss, and separation.
Let 2020 be more than hindsight. Let’s look forward to helping those in need, understanding those who are different, and doing the right thing. Aristotle also wrote, “To lead an orchestra, you must turn your back on the crowd.”