Hope, Joy, and Love: Reflecting on a Year of Resilience and Community

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mahatma Gandhi

The past year has brought its share of challenges – locally, nationally, and internationally – and through it all our community demonstrated incredible resilience and solidarity. As we move through the holiday season, the best words I can think to use to reflect on the past and contemplate the future are hope, joy, and love.

Hope, like a flickering flame, is a powerful force that lights our way through the darkest times. It is the unwavering belief that tomorrow holds the promise of a better day and is kindled through actions like lending a helping hand to those in need.

Joy transcends happiness and is the infectious, uplifting, and determined gaze on the goodness of life. It has the remarkable ability to bring people together and is found in experiences like the laughter of children, shared moments of celebration, and acts of kindness.

Love is the most powerful force of all and the foundation upon which our community is built. Love is not just a feeling, it is a decision expressed in acts of grace, compassion, and kindness with one another.

The thing that unites these three virtues is – even though they originate from the deep places of individual self  – they must be expressed in relationship with other people.

A simple act of love, a moment of shared joy, or a gesture of hope can ripple through our community, creating positive change for all.

Thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to making our world a better place for all. Thank you for building a community filled with hope, joy, and love.

Wishing you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with the warmth of meaningful memories and the company of those who bring light to your life.