As we approached the end of 2021, and now that we are in early 2022, I often came across this phrase, which was stated or written with such disdain… Good bye and good riddance to 2021!It is almost implicit that 2022 will be better, but will it be, and more importantly, does it need to be?
Sure, 2021 was difficult due to every possible restriction or challenge directly or indirectly attributable to the pandemic. But was it all bad? Do we really mean good riddance? Let’s reflect! I would be interested to hear or read your perspectives.
Where were you when? Landmark anniversaries and events mark us. We often associate a memorable event, good or bad, to where we were on that date. I remember vividly where I was when Elvis Presley died; Where I was when the Toronto maple leaf’s won their last Stanley Cup (was I even born), etc. You know what I mean.
You and I all know where we were and what we did during the Covid19 pandemic…we were right in the middle of it! We are living it! We loved, struggled, lost, gained, learned, and continue to survive it together. We are living history, we made history. Experiences to share with and shape future generations. So, do we want to shed these memories from our lives, from our existence? Do we say “good riddance” to the last couple of years, pretend it never happened and forget about it? Or, do we hold onto the past as we ease into the New Year?
Personally, I feel that I have grown over the past couple of years, as a broker/manager, and as a person. Yet, I have so much more to learn and, I would hope, also to give. I am proud of the processes and procedures we put in place, as a brokerage. I am proud of the enduring struggle for fiscal survival, the learning, the constant adjusting to the next new norm. 2021 was an amazing platform for learning, whether as a real estate professional and/or as a person. Working with each of you has given me such a wealth of wisdom. I have no doubt that each and everyone of us has grown, has learned, has developed greater empathy, greater respect and appreciation for the smaller things in life, and I trust, greater compassion toward others. I don’t want to forget any of that, rather, I hope to grow because of it.
Shed the old skin…Spiders shed the old skin, in order to allow for growth. This process is called molting and allows this creature to live better, live longer in the new skin, yet, it remains a spider.
As 2021 came to its end, I too was shedding. I shed my first known case of Covid-19, I shed some hardships born out of this pandemic, but I am also able to shelf my wins. Wins such as my relationships and my many wonderful experiences, inside and outside of my work environment. Together, we did amazing things for the less fortunate in our communities, while carrying on our tremendous service to our clients and customers. Every single effort put forth and every charitable dollar raised was a win which will have continuous and irreversible future benefits to its respective cause.
Shed it, but don’t forget it…Our past will help shape our future, let’s continue to grow together. I ask for you all to help me with my evolution as a manager, as a person, as a friend and as the overseer of our wonderful brokerage. Come see what we are doing in 2022. Ask us about how you can participate and contribute, bring us your suggestions and your continued support. Let us not forget 2021, but rather, let us celebrate it and use it as a springboard to an amazing 2022!
Raise a glass to 2021, lift a spirit, and let us all aim higher, in 2022!