November 2020 President's Letter
What are you grateful for this year?
I know that many of us have a laundry list of challenges, frustrations, fears, and disappointments from the last eight months. And who knows what's around the corner? Maybe an invasion of the hungry, hungry caterpillar!
But here it is, November, the month where we purposefully give thanks. I'm encouraged to pull out a blank piece of paper and begin a new list. Here are a few of the items that have made the cut:
More time with husband and dogs.
Life slowed down, with plenty of time to rest and watch Netflix.
Learned how to use Zoom and prepare virtual presentations.
Extra time to write a new book.
Deep appreciation for all social interactions.
WAY less traffic!
Cheap airline tickets.
Time for yard work and home improvement projects.
"Free" money from the government.
Your list might look similar to mine, and I could keep going because there is plenty to stimulate gratitude.
The holidays may look different this year, but think about how much different they looked for those who landed at Plymouth Rock and celebrated what we consider the first Thanksgiving.
Our current level of change is pretty mild by comparison.
My point is simply this—we have much to be thankful for. May this month be more than a cliché. Instead, may it remind each of us to count our blessings - even in the middle of a pandemic.
—WEO President, Roni Sasaki