A new year is upon us.
We will be ringing in the year 2021 in just a few short weeks. Our holiday celebrations will look and feel different this year as we continue to find ways to live, work, and love during this pandemic.
Many of us just can’t wait! The promise of hope, a fresh start, and renewal that accompanies each new year is especially needed. While I’m ready for some relief, I keep reminding myself that this moment, however challenging, should be remembered. I’m not talking about the annoying masks or constant physical calibration to maintain distance. I mean savoring the unique and special connections we are creatively making, the permission to slow down and stay home, the push to deepen my faith, and the call to be more kind and helpful to those in need.
This brings me straight to our fall conference theme of emotional intelligence. During my opening remarks I shared this simple definition -- the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. This year has given us plenty of opportunities to demonstrate and develop emotional intelligence. I imagine this year’s holiday season will as well, and I say let’s embrace it. We will be stronger career practitioners for it!
I wish you and your loved ones a safe and memorable holiday. And, here’s to a new year full of possibilities. Cheers!
Inspired by you,
Dr. Aimeé C. Carter, GCDF, CCSP