Thoughts About 2021
Tom Goebel, PMI Houston Director Of Communications
An old song goes “Woke up this morning / The blues all around my bed”.
Well, I woke up this morning and it was 2021 – not the blues – all around my bed. The hype has been at peak levels, and everyone is soooo glad to see 2020 in the rearview mirror (2020 hindsight, perhaps?)
I am as glad to see the arrival of 2021 as anyone. But not for the reasons you might suspect. I’ve never subscribed to the “hard reset” view of new years. Nothing changes without our complicity. In other words, change comes from within. It is there that we see change, and not from external sources like the ticking over of the odometer of time.
I worked for a guy who had a great way of looking at things. About events and performances, he often said “it’s never as bad as was initially reported, and it’s never as good, either.” I feel the same way about 2020 and 2021. When we reach a point where we can look back at this time with an objective eye, I expect that 2020 won’t seem so bad (by that time, surely some other year will have supplanted 2020 as The King Of All Bad Years), and 2021 – even if it turns out better than we’d even expected (is that even possible?) – won’t seem as good as all that.
So what are we to do? Resolutions? We’ve seen how well those work. Scratch resolutions. Instead, I propose a revolution. The process of self-betterment is a war – you win some battles, you lose some battles. Some battles you win are the same as battles you previously lost and vice versa. Hopefully, you find that eventually, you are winning more of the turf you lost than losing turf that you won. You don’t have to watch for this, and nobody will have to tell you. You will recognize it when it happens.
Moral of the story? Well, we can sum it up in
- Nothing’s ever as bad as it first seems.
- Keep fighting to learn. You will eventually start gaining wisdom.
- Don’t look for your gains or losses. Somebody close to you will be only too happy to fill you in.
And THAT’S the secret to 2021.