Most of us cannot wait for the end of 2020 to arrive — for good reason. It’s been a historically bad year, full of heartache and devastation on many fronts.

We hope, really, really hope, that 2021 is better. We hope that we can bring an end to the pandemic with an effective vaccine and that children can return to school and sports soon. We hope that we will not see another fire season like last year and that we can make strides in achieving equity for all. We have plenty to work on in the years to come.

We have missed out on a lot this year. It’s heartbreaking to think about.

However, there were a few bright spots in 2020, the biggest of them is that in the face of unprecedented challenges, we found ways to help each other, to care for each other and listen to each other. Most of us made it a priority to wear masks and stay home to protect others. That took sacrifice.

Those who have lived in Polk County for any length of time wouldn’t be surprised by that. But it is worth noting that in a time of some of our greatest challenges we still cared for each other to such a degree. 

That is something to reflect on — and build on — in 2021.

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