President’s Notes December 2020

by Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
December 2020

I can’t believe we are nearing the end of 2020, a year that will not be forgotten anytime soon. I know that I will not forget what has happened in the world and how we have had to adapt to the “new” normal. We have to wear masks, social distance, and clean everything we touch, not to mention shortages on food, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper. I never thought I would see the day. Life has changed!

Our children are experiencing remote education, whether they are completely at home or in a hybrid setting. I don’t know how well I would have done from home. I was one of seven children. We would have either killed each other or my mom would have gone crazy! Bless all you parents and teachers! Unfortunately, this is going to be the new norm and I believe the quicker people start to understand and accept it, the easier it will become. That is why you need to do something that brings some sense of calm and normalcy.

Pam and I just spent a weekend away at a quiet resort, in southern Maine. Yes, we had to sign waivers. It was the beginning of November and the weather was just perfect, low-seventies. We spent a good part of the day overlooking the ocean from our balcony. In our busy lives, we forget about the little things. We enjoyed sitting and listening to the sound of the waves hitting the beach and how peaceful it was to listen to. I unplugged from my phone and computer and just sat out on the porch and listened to the peace and quiet of the ocean. I soaked up the warmth of the sun and tried to forget what was going on in the world, for just a short while. It’s amazing how good I felt mentally, to just check out of the world’s problems, even if it was only for a short few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Later that evening, I spent about 30 minutes out there and the sound was the same. I found it amazing that those waves never stop, they continue 24/7, 365 days a year. Some days they are bigger and louder and other days they are smaller and quieter, but they never stop.

I guess my whole point is that we need to feel normal every so often and enjoy some peace and quiet. I would suggest finding that peaceful spot you love and just listen to the world around you, even if you just get to relax for a moment.

By the time you read this Newsletter, the holiday season will be upon us and I want to wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! I hope that you will get to see your family and friends from a safe distance or by video chat. Please stay safe and healthy so that we can all have a great start to the 2021 season.

I know this past season is one for the record books. Everyone I have talked to has had a very busy and profitable year. Many have already scheduled most of next year. We have experienced a workload that we have never seen and would not have imagined it could happen during a pandemic. We can only hope that the wave continues into the 2021 season.

In the boardroom, unfortunately, we have had to cancel most of our events this year. However, we are brainstorming new ways to bring educational events to you. We are in the planning stages now. If you are interested in helping out, in person or virtually, please contact me. Watch the Newsletter and the website for updates!

In closing, I have one more thing to ask and that is: take care of each other and help those in need. We all have had one of the best seasons in a long time, so if you can help someone in need please do so. Helping someone doesn’t have to be something big, it just has to be something. It may be raking leaves for the elderly, donating to Toys for Tots, or checking in on a neighbor. We know several of you do volunteer work all the time. Please take a few minutes to write an article to share with the NHLA and include pictures. It will give others ideas on how they can help, as well. Helping out doesn’t need to cost money. I would like to

THANK YOU in advance for all your help. Have a wonderful holiday!
Best regards, Jim

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intentions.” — Oscar Wilde