- Washing your hands thoroughly means singing Happy Birthday twice.
- People are weird and toilet paper is a commodity.
- Who the introverts and extroverts are
- How to work, learn, and celebrate via Zoom, and how to unmute
- We think we crave “normal” but we really desire the familiar comfort of routine.
- Everyone is essential even if they’re not an essential worker.
- How to bake bread and grow tomatoes
- Who we would actually choose to take to a deserted island
- Baby Yoda’s real name is Grogu and that matters to a lot of people.
- The power of the pivot
- What our true priorities are, and that we still won’t tackle some of the projects we say we’d get to “if only we had time”
- We can do with less, Amazon is (too) easy, and supporting local strengthens our communities.
- We can do without trips to the grocery store for “just one ingredient.”
- Even when the news strikes all bad, all the time, we can count on John Krasinski for Some Good News.
- Self-care and maintaining mental health should be everyone’s daily practice.
- Whether we rose to new heights on Pandemic Productivity (looking at you, TSwift) or got squashed by Pandemic Pressure, making it through this year with a working body and sound mind was an accomplishment unto itself.
- Comfort is everything, and dress pants are overrated.
- American individualism runs deep, democracy is resilient, and freedom for all is worth marching for.
- Even difficult changes can produce positive results.
- We have control over far less than we think we do.
One more, since we’re now in 2021: last year we watched as ordinary people stepped up to offer their talents and expertise, serving long, hard, sacrificial hours and risking their own health and well-being. We recognized the heroes in our midst, and we learned: we can be heroes.
Let’s be heroes.
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Amen to that – Happy New Year Siv!
Thanks, Caryl. Happy New Year to you, too!