2021: A New and Better Year

by Bob Doman

You did it—you survived 2020, a year for the record books and one which will certainly live in infamy. Almost two million folks have passed on this year due to the pandemic, and very few individuals or families have survived unscathed.

I have been thankful every day that we had Skype and the ability to carry on in spite of not being able to travel and physically see and interact with everyone. But things are looking brighter, and we will hopefully work our way back to “normal” in the not-too-distant future. We can’t set a date, but we know it’s coming. So how do we move forward starting off 2021?

We move forward by being proactive. What can we do, what should we do, what will we do to overcome any limitations or adversities that the pandemic has imposed upon us? We can accept what is and recommit to getting our acts together and working to make 2021 our best year ever. Our children need all of us to step up and not just meet, but overcome, any challenges and make each day a better day than the one before.

I gather power and strength from our wonderful children and great families. Please know that you have that power and that strength and that you can make 2021 a great year. I’m looking forward in 2021 to seeing kids see, hear, and understand who couldn’t in 2020; to seeing kids walk and talk who couldn’t in 2020; to seeing kids read and do math who couldn’t in 2020; to seeing kids who had learning and attention issues excel in 2021; to making good, smart kids even smarter and better and helping them take steps to making a better world. And I look forward to seeing worried parents who couldn’t imagine a bright future for their children in 2020 see changes and development that gives them real hope for the future.

2021 is a new year, a new better year, and a new start toward a better, brighter future for all of our children.


Reprinted by permission NACD Newsletter, January 2021 ©NACD

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