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Dear clients and friends,
Who would of ever thought a year ago that we would be facing so many worries as a nation. 2020 brought so much turmoil that at times my heart felt broken and my soul ached over the state of our nation and world. I am sure many of you felt the same. The pandemic alone brought overwhelming sorrow to so many people. Whether it was due to the loss of income, the closing of small businesses, struggling with homeschooling and childcare, working from home, or the very worst— dealing with being ill or losing a loved one due to this insidious virus. Every one of us had to adapt to a “new normal” which most of us were ill-prepared for. The addition of wide spread civil unrest worsened matters. No matter what “side” you were on, politically or otherwise, witnessing so much hatred and violence was unnerving for everyone.
The pandemic gave us front row seats for some terrible behavior; who would of ever thought toilet paper could cause such a ruckus?! We were so used to how we completed every day tasks, then COVID-19 hit and we had to re-learn how to safely perform the most mundane of tasks in our daily lives. It showed us there was so much we took for granted. What’s the old saying, “you never know what you have until it is gone”? That should be the tag line for 2020! Yet, for all the discouraging conduct, the kindness towards others still outweighed the bad. It reminded me of the quote from Fred Rogers’ mother, Nancy, who said “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” In the midst of all of the difficulties there were still so many who went above and beyond to help their fellow man. We truly owe a debt of gratitude to all of our first responders and medical workers who selflessly cared for our sick and dying. We owe a debt of gratitude to our essential workers—police, military, long haul truckers, delivery drivers, factory workers, utility workers, grocers and every other essential person—who kept us safe and our nation running.
I have always believed nothing in life is random and that everything happens for a reason which serves a greater purpose. I hope, and I pray, that we will look back at this past year as a lesson and necessary reminder that nothing in this life matters without kindness to each other. Let’s remember that we do not have to agree on religion, politics, or anything for that matter, to be kind to one another. Let’s remember that when we are feeling irritated or angered over the inconveniences of our “new normal”, that we’re in this together and all of us our trying to adapt. When we feel our patience wearing thin and our tempers flaring, let’s remember to stop, take a breath and carefully choose our words. Most importantly, let’s remember that you never know what troubles another person may be dealing with and that a little bit of kindness can go a very long way.
I am very thankful for the kindness many of you have shown me over the years. I, and all of CPC, wish you love, peace and good health in the coming year and always.
With kind regards,
CPC Office Manager
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