Wouldn’t it be nice if we could pretend 2020 was just a bad dream? That would be wonderful – if only it were that simple. To say it’s been difficult doesn’t even begin to describe how so many people throughout the world have been affected by COVID-19.
Although it’s easy to get people talking about politics, science, statistics, and the mask, I, for one, have remained focused on the fact that despite the hardships and sacrifices, there have been some remarkable strides made not only in the medical field, but also in the field of the human spirit.
Human beings, when left to their own devices, are not only cooperative but also generous. I was amazed to see how quickly individuals offered to deliver groceries to elderly or immunocompromised neighbors at greater risk of severe complications from the virus. Neighbors contributed updates, recipes, and great ideas to stay protected. Family and friends were quick to share toilet paper and cleaning supplies, not to mention how people came together to make donations, supply food banks, and support local restaurants through curbside pick-ups or buying gift cards. I’m proud to be part of such wonderful communities.
Since this is the time of year when we’re filled with promises of a fresh start, let’s do something great! We have the opportunity to set new goals and new resolutions. To do better, we must be better, and not just for ourselves but also for others. We have several articles in this issue that can help you get started – you’ll not only feel better, but you’ll also see how quickly small acts of kindness have a rippling effect. Read “Let’s Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness” on page 10 and “Why Ownership Matters” on page 38.
Also in this issue we’ve highlighted our communities’ “Top Doctors.” Voted by their peers, these men and women were really put to the test over the past ten months. Hospitals and clinics acted quickly to modify their policies and procedures to accommodate our needs and address safety issues – and I think they’ve done a remarkable job! Some experts believe COVID-19 will change the landscape of healthcare forever, creating a “new norm” in remote monitoring. Virtual visits between doctors and patients have risen drastically and are expected to become standard, to some degree.
So, hats off to all the doctors, nurses, medical technicians, support staff, EMTs, firemen and women, and police officers who have been so selfless in caring for our communities during the pandemic. And meet some of the “Top Doctors” from various fields in our communities, beginning on page 12.
Over the past year, we had to learn to practice social distancing, and many of us have realized just how much we crave human connection. Not being able to dine with friends, see family members, or interact with coworkers and clients has put a strain on all of us. However, it’s very important we remain focused on the finish line. In the meantime, if you do feel lonely, there are numerous ways to stay safe and still reconnect so you don’t feel so isolated. Check out “Home Alone” on page 36.
Lastly, we’ve revised our 2021 schedule and we’re excited to announce we will deliver quarterly starting this year. If you own a business, we hope you’ll consider advertising and share your story with us. If you’re a reader, we thank you for continually bringing us into your home and supporting our advertisers. We look forward to seeing you in the spring.
Until next time, be kind, laugh a lot, love more, and stay healthy!