Learning Lessons from 2020

2020 has of course been a very difficult year for many. But adversity always brings with it the potential to learn and grow. By looking back at all of our experiences, positive and negative, over the last year, we can develop strategies for a better future – for ourselves and our families, and for the wider world.

It can be tempting to focus on the negatives, especially after all that the last year has brought. But as I have looked back on my year, I am struck by the capacity human beings have for positive action – for kindness, thoughtfulness, and the desire to do good.

While it can be tempting to look at humanity as a blight on our planet at times, it is important to remember that there are more good people in this world than bad. People have caused many of the global issues we face, of course, but they can also be the solution.

When a local community group was started in our area right back in the spring, I was truly heartened to see the outpouring of feeling and offers of help proffered by our neighbours and community. And rather than just being a ‘flash in the pan’ – the group, and the help have been sustained.

I am not trying, of course, to say that the pandemic has been a good thing. But there have been silver linings. And greater community feeling and more cohesiveness has definitely been one positive thing to come out of the situation.

Another positive thing to come from the situation has been an increase in interest in sustainability and home growing. While I felt that it was true before, this year has shown me that the desire and will to change really is there. And more people than ever are making the small changes to their daily lives that, combined, make a big difference.

After a difficult year, I have learned above all that hope is important, and when we come together as people with thought and consideration, we can each, and collectively, achieve great things.

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