What a year it has been… and with a blink of an eye, it is that time of year again. We are bidding year 2020 goodbye and welcoming in year 2021, and I have to say, I am looking forward to it.

Year 2020 has been one of the most challenging times we have ever experienced for families and the community.

There are many changes happening and “new normals” to adapt to.  For example, more and more people are asked to work from home, and to maintain social distancing when communicating with friends and families or dining in restaurants. We also have to limit our socialising with friends and families locally, while the face mask is now part of our clothing accessories. And these are just part of our new normal.

I have seen and heard about many families far and near that are feeling the brunt of the situation. Those living in other countries are unable to celebrate milestones together nor be able to mourn and bid farewell to loved ones due to  travel restrictions. Many families can only rely on social media and technology to stay connected and so be part of what’s happening ‘virtually’.

Only recently, many end of year gatherings and celebrations have been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, but hopefully we will resume the catch-ups once things have settled down.

No matter where you are in the world and no matter how bleak the situation is, keep the connections going whether via phones or free internet calls.  Also, remember the elderly relatives and friends, as they may feel more isolated than normal.  Do give them a tingle now and then, or better still, send them a little gift/card; it is always nice to receive a physical note from loved ones, especially for those connecting less with visitors and friends in their social groups.

For this coming new year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you good health and may the new year bring happiness, health and joy to your family.

Let’s start the new year with joy and abundance!