A Reflection on 2020

Challenging the Concept of 2020 Being a ‘Write-Off’ Year

There has been much discussion with family, friends, work colleagues and on social media about 2020 being a ‘write-off’ year. Our human predisposition for certainty leads us to believe that it is not something we planned for and we want ‘out’.

We have missed family and friends, birthday celebrations, milestones, holidays, dining out and many other events, which we now realise we took for granted.

It has been somewhat of a long year, with many people being overwhelmed with the challenging obstacles we have had to face. However, we still have more than half of 2020 to go! Certainly, from a school perspective, we still have 100 days of teaching and learning. Much can be said for revisiting the way we began 2020 to help us forge ahead.

Soon we will be encouraged by the secular world to celebrate Christmas in July. If this can happen, why not stop and revisit the start of the year enthusiasm we began with to kick start Part 2 of 2020, rather than ‘throw it out’?

Consider the following questions to assist you in making 2020 an awesome year!

  1. What were your goals at the start of the year?
  2. How can you revisit and/or amend them to propel you forward with a sense or rejuvenation, enthusiasm and joy?
  3. What have you learnt about yourself, that can move you forward?
  4. How have you grown through your experiences this year, and how can this support you and others throughout the rest of the year?
  5. How can we practice gratitude?
  6. How can we be better placed to look after ourselves – both physically and mentally?
  7. What did we learn about creating resourceful certainty to help us through tough times?
  8. How did helping others make me feel better about myself and my own life?
  9. How did ‘stopping and smelling the roses’ help us focus on the important things in life?

The road travelled this year has certainly been a challenge. Now is the time to reflect on all that we have achieved together, and begin the second half of 2020 with a renewed sense of enthusiasm, hope, and above all, faith.

Mrs Nadia Knight
Assistant Principal – Mission and Staff Formation