by Michael J. Pallerino
What I learned about 2020 (and why it matters)
kay, I get it. I really do. This past year has been, well, I am constrained by the decency of print to say what I really want to throw out there. On both a professional and personal level, 2020 has been a teaching moment. Sure, it might be the longest
minute in the history of minutes, but the lessons learned far outweigh everything else. > Binge watching rules > Classic sitcoms are the best (“Seinfeld,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “King of Queens,” “The Office”…) > I really miss concerts > I really don’t miss the crowds > Dogs really are man’s best friend > Kids are a blessing > Alone time is a salvation > Morning and evenings are equally best for working out > Long walks are a spiritual gift
I laughed. I cried. I winced. I screamed. I laughed some more. And with each emotion, each second of trying to decipher what the next step might bring, I learned that no matter what happens, I can stand my ground. If you think about it, you can say the same thing. Here we are on the cusp of another new adventure. A new year. New goals. New promises made. New promises broken. New ways of figuring out how to do what we do. The biggest lesson? Is that what you want to ask? Go ahead and ask. The biggest lesson(s) I learned include: > I really don’t know everything > No day is ever the same > Don’t take anything for granted > Time either flies by or drags, depending on how you approach the situation > There’s nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it > Embrace every memory > Follow the science > Seek the truth > Be a leader, not a follower (that’s a big one right there) > Lies are the enemy of faith > Home-cooked meals are really cool
As for you, CCR Nation, I don’t think we could ask for a more spirited, committed, passionate bunch of people to have in our corner. Embracing the New Normal for us meant working with you to keep the industry’s vibe moving forward. Zoom roundtable discussions. Newsletters that helped share how each of you are handling this moment. An upcoming Virtual Summit bursting with excitement and promise. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey in a year that none of us will forget anytime soon. When we are able to meet again (and that day is coming), the first round is on us. Okay 2020, now step off.
Michael J. Pallerino is the editor of Commercial Construction & Renovation. You can reach him at 678.513.2397 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — DECEMBER 2020