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Goodbye 2020

Courtney Lynch, December 28, 2020


The Washington Post asked readers recently to sum up 2020 in one word. The top three words were: exhaustinglost, and chaotic. Even though it’s two words, “dumpster fire” made the list in sixth place. 
 
Wow. It’s as if we didn’t stand a chance against a year as surreal as 2020. But here we are, the last week of the year, and while we might be battered and bruised in different ways, we are still standing. And my bet is most of us are ready to move forward into 2021, hopeful that better awaits.
 
We encourage you to take time in the quiet of the yearend to reflect on the impact of 2020. Here are questions to consider: 

  • Covid has allowed us the opportunity to break traditions and norms. While loss of routine can be unsettling, it can also offer us renewal. Having to give up something you’ve always done allows you to examine if it’s still what you want to be doing. Which traditions and norms do you want to improve upon? What are better ones to start?
  • Many of us experienced more stillness in 2020 than we had in years prior. How did that stillness effect you? What lessons did you learn?
  • How will you bring the lessons learned from 2020 forward into 2021?
  • What do you want to make sure stays in 2020 forever? What are you wanting to say goodbye to?
  • We believe 2020 significantly highlighted the value of time. How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. How do you want to better manage this precious, nonrenewable resource of time going forward?

We encourage you to take time to write your responses down to these questions. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to share them with us by sending us an email.
 
One of the biggest joys of the 2020 experience was drawing closer to the Lead Star community. Thank you for taking time to engage with us and your fellow leaders. Our hope is 2020 has left you with the confidence that no matter what the future holds, you’re able to lead through it.

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