I know that it has been a tough year for many, but I hope that you don’t think that it’s been a wasted year.

The dreams and goals that you had at the start may have quickly evaporated as elements beyond your control took over, but that’s not necessarily the end of the world.

The black clouds may have blocked the sun for much of 2020, but the sun was still shining.

And we will see it again.

So, instead of just wishing for the year to be over and washing our hands of it, I would like to ask, what have we learned this year?

I know for myself, there were moments when I was humbled by my circumstances, forced to consider career options that would have been unthinkable once.

And that was OK.

I’ve understood better the need to role-model resilience for my kids.  It’s an aspect of life that’s easy to talk about when everything is rosy, but what about when it’s not?

And I’m glad that I did.

I’ve been required to downgrade some of my aspirations.  There were exciting dreams that I had that I soon understood were not going to be realised when everything changed.

But somehow, they have worked out for the best.

And I’ve been reminded of the blessings of God.  That they rarely come in the manner that we would like, but if we look closely enough, they are there.

And I’m ever so grateful.

2020 hasn’t been the year that I was hoping for.

But perhaps it has been the year that I needed.

And despite the moments of doubt, isolation and detours.

I’m probably in a better place now than I was at the start of the year.

What have you learned this year?