Happy Nee Year! OK so we are not off to a flying start for the new chapter in our lives, in fact, at this time of year we would normally reflect on our amazing past 12 months but let's face it, it's been monstrous. We have lost loved ones, we didn't see our friends and families for months on end, our events were cancelled, our business/life plans changed constantly, the list goes on.
Although, there are a few things that the year taught us or at least highlighted and the phrase, 'yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift which is why we call it the present' never had so much meaning.
Another good quote, and this is one that we have held close, is that we don't grow when things are easy - we grow when we face challenges. Challenge is something that we have all faced in one way or another, we may have all been in the same ocean but we definitely didn't all face the same storm.
So what was the magic ingredient that keep us thriving?
What is the most incredible thing we can take with us into 2021?
Sounds simple, but there is something so powerful in a community - whatever guise it comes in.
Joining forces and helping each other has been our magic.
From supporting local shops to stepping up when there is a cry for help. From helping your vulnerable neighbour to standing out on your doorstep and clapping the NHS and key workers. From volunteering our services to charities to the beautiful rainbows our children drew and displayed in their front windows.
These are just a few but a massive reminder that together we are stronger.
Whatever you did, however big or small, it will have made a difference to someone. We have worked together and that's what makes a strong community.
Granted this isn't an ingredient that is new!
It's what Handpicked Wetherby has been built on for the past 7 years but as we adapt and adjust, as the pandemic brings new fears with its variants and mutations, so will we as a community. We'll adapt and adjust to ensure that we survive in business and that friends and family are kept safe and well.
We may not be able to see what happens next but the future depends on what we do in the present.
Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. Howard Zinn.
Stay safe everyone.