It was March. The lockdown in Minnesota began. Each day I felt the sting of another client cancelling a training. My calendar was quickly changing from a beautiful sea of green indicating confirmed client engagements to a stark white grid.
Panic. Sadness. Hope. Confusion. Peace. Anger. Pessimistic. Optimistic.
My emotions ran the gamut. I expect it was the same for you.
It was May. George Floyd was killed. Civil unrest ensued. Emotions were raw. A two-decades long friendship in my life imploded. My father-in-law died the night before neighborhood businesses boarded up.
Outrage. Grief. Uncertain. Dejected. Sorrowful. Mournful. Exhausted. Empty.
I am not alone on the rollercoaster of 2020, this I know. To all of you that have also struggled, I extend my caring and my hope that 2021 will bring beautiful things.
It is with this last sentiment that I reflect on 2020 with gratitude. I KNOW there is something I can do, something in my power, to ensure I don’t repel others in the coming year. It is gratitude.
2020, I appreciate you because:
- You afforded me time to work on my business instead of always working in it.
- You gave me endless opportunities to practice empathy and compassion.
- You let me sport a ponytail and makeup-less face many days.
- You gave me permission to wear stretchy pants almost every single day.
- You helped me see the silver lining in difficult situations.
- You challenged me to do more to be anti-racist.
- You reminded me that making time for people who also make time for me is healthy.
- You helped me let a friendship go and manage the sadness that comes along with it.
- You opened my mind to camping in state parks in lieu of exploring China.
- You made sure I practiced what I preach: powerful communication and all things G Factor.
- You produced clarity on who and what I want to be in my business.
- You protected loyal partnerships and client relationships.
- You supplied healthy revenue despite a pandemic.
- You reminded me moments with those you love are precious.
- You reminded me that I am strong.
- You blessed me.
Thank you 2020. I am grateful for you.
Gratitude. Why do you appreciate 2020?
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