Director’s Desk

2020 – A lost year or A lot year?

2020 will go down in world history as the year when the entire human race is impacted by one common enemy. And this enemy, the infectious and in some cases deadly Covid-19 virus, is not even visible to the naked eye. The year is coming to a close and we are still fighting the battle. Each time as countries begin to see some light at the end of the tunnel, only to be hit by a fresh wave of infections and in some cases a resumption of lockdown measures. The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone. Many have termed 2020 as a lost year. Indeed, much has been lost; businesses have folded, cross border travel halted, education disrupted and freedom curtailed, just to name a few. So, is there any good that came out of this pandemic? With many labelling it as a lost year, I would like to remind us all that this is also “a lot” year. There is still a lot to be thankful for. It is a year where we see:
  • Many world leaders taking decisive actions to protect lives despite impacting economic progress
  • Support measures for citizens, especially those who lost their livelihoods and also the vulnerable in the community
  • Ground initiatives to reach out and care for one another and the more vulnerable
  • Accelerated progress in the digitalisation journey with more needing to work from home to control the spread of infection
  • Increase in hygiene standards as all become more aware of its importance to protect oneself and others too
  • Greater respect and admiration for healthcare and frontline staff who put their lives on the line to save others’ lives or in ensuring the continued functioning of essential services
  • Increase in dexterity as businesses and individuals find themselves needing to pivot for survival in response to the challenges from the pandemic
  • Families growing closer together, some discovering new skills and hobbies, due to the enforced measures of remaining at home
  • Greater individual reflection on the fragility of life and life’s purpose
  • Revival of spirituality to cope with the harsh challenges
The list goes on. If this year is one where we have the “PAUSE” button activated for mankind, let us take this time to plan and prepare for the future when the pandemic is behind us, for it surely will. And by then, let us be able to look back with gratefulness for the lessons learnt and move forward with renewed wisdom and fortitude. Whatever your New Year resolution(s), I wish one and all a Blessed, Bright and Brand new year!

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