Today is a day that we are pausing to remember all of those in our community
– and for that matter all of our fellow citizens of America and
around the world – who have lost their lives to the deadly coronavirus.
It is a time to reflect on their loss, on the pain it caused to their
loved ones and to remember with a smile the beauty that their living brought
into the world. While we are sad because their lives are over, we can
rejoice in the fact that their lives happened.
Every single American faced enormous challenges this year, but none more
so than those of us working in healthcare. So, in this day of reflection,
let us also say “thank you” to our fellow employees whose
dedication to their profession and to their fellow human beings have been
exemplary under the most trying of conditions. There are simply no words
that are adequate to reflect our thanks, so let us instead reflect them
through our own quiet thoughts of great thanksgiving.
This holiday season is unlike any we have experienced before. The lights,
the presents and the family gatherings are all being viewed through a
different lens as we bid farewell to one of the most painful years in
American history. And yet, despite the pain, there is still so much to
be thankful for; and these holidays provide a perfect time for reflection
and gratitude. Take time to tell family and friends how much they mean
to you, time to reaffirm your own sense of purpose, and time to reconnect
with those who have helped shape the person you are and who make you smile.
Let us all be uplifted by the spirit and good will of this time of year.
Let us put 2020 in the rearview mirror and look with optimism toward a
new year of peace, health and happiness- all the while counting our blessings.
-Dennis Knox, CEO