In the beginning of COVID-19, there was chaos. It was the year of the pandemic. Turmoil and challenge were on the agenda as people of goodwill and open hearts struggled every day to cope. It took courage just to come to work. We learned who truly mattered, who was essential, and who was merely “important.” Yet, the spirit of hope hovered over the disarray.
Now is an exciting time to be involved in senior living. Vaccinations are well underway. We can anticipate the day in the not-too-distant future when a semblance of normalcy will return. We may continue to mask for a time, “out of an abundance of caution,” as people like to say. But already we are beginning to see signs that the tide of infection is turning. It’s obvious that as more and more people are vaccinated, those scary charts that have headlined our daily news have already turned in a happier direction.
The pandemic will be leaving us more slowly than we would like but more rapidly than we have been led to expect. The crisis of COVID-19, though, has shown us what we are capable of.
The best years for visionary leaders are near term. The pandemic has prepared our world to accept the pace of innovation that will make the coming decade sparkle. As we turn from crisis toward opportunity, we can take pride in what we’ve overcome as we look forward to new opportunities with fresh vigor and a renewed commitment to our purpose and mission.
And one of my favorite quotes:
“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” Will Rogers