Around this time last year, we were all just beginning to see the COVID-19 crisis unfold. No one could have predicted all that ensued. At the time, we were responding one day at a time to new information. Every week, every month that followed was a test of our resilience and adaptability—one that the majority of us (rather amazingly if you think about it) passed with flying colors. Everything we knew; all of our routines around work, parenting, socializing, exercise, traveling, and just living, were dashed—just like that.
And, yet, we persevered.
And that’s a beautiful thing. Actress Goldie Hawn wrote in her memoir: “The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud—the obstacles of life and its suffering.”
At RecogNation, we strive to focus on the bright side; the silver lining. And, while we would in no way downplay the pain and loss that many individuals and families endured during this time, we do acknowledge that something remarkable happened over the past 12 months.
We bloomed, didn’t we?
And, once those petals unfolded, they would never be able to return to their previous bud stage. We are changed. And changed—we like to think—for the better.
Look at us: We learned how to do our lives differently incredibly quickly, from working remotely, yet staying connected to distancing physically, yet remaining social. We employed technology to keep businesses running. We took to the outdoors to stay active and preserve our rituals, like dining out and coffee dates. We tapped into our infinite well of ingenuity to maintain some level of normalcy—and discovered along the way that what our normal was might not have been the best or most efficient way; it was simply how we’d always done it and had never been asked to reevaluate that approach.
And so, today, we raise a glass and celebrate the good that came from this experience. We are stronger, we are smarter, and we are more prepared than ever for the next time change comes. Because it always does.
Cheers to all of us and a brighter year ahead!