Holiday Spirit: Be Grateful, Stay Positive and Build Strength in Others

Well here we are, the end of 2020 and what a year it has been—from protecting loved ones, co-workers and ourselves from the COVID-19 virus to a very combative and competitive election season. Yes, we may fight like brothers and sisters, disagree on politics, how to handle shutdowns and the wearing of masks. But what I love about our country is that we are family. Let someone outside of our family do or say something to hurt us, and we forget all the things we argue about and band together—as a family.

Expressing Gratitude

I think about this now because it’s the time of the year where we want to get together and share our holidays with our friends, families and loved ones, remembering those we love who are no longer with us. Maybe we shed a tear or two when remembering them and how much they meant to us. (I know that I do.)

I feel grateful that, for the most part, our industry has been able to continue working. Fortunately, construction has been marked an essential business allowing us to stay open and continue our work. It keeps us busy and our minds active. I feel empathy for those who have lost loved ones and those affected by the government mandated shutdowns, including the restaurant and bar owners and workers to name a few. They have all had to deal with real hardship through these times, as have our health workers and hospitals putting in long hours to nurse the sick back to (hopefully) good health.

There is some good news, as several pharmaceutical manufacturers have been able to develop vaccines that appear to be very successful in trial results and should be available to most of America in the spring. You know all of this, of course, so let me get back on track.

Strength in Numbers

This year will be a tough season for many families who are hurting—from lack of work and not being able to feed or provide shelter for their families, or from the loss of family members or friends. We need to pull together and help. If you know someone who has been going through difficult times, talk to them and let them know that you care. Maybe we can’t do what we have been able to do in the past, such as having them to our homes for dinner or to visit, but you can tell them you love them. We can help by supporting agencies around the country whose great work provides food or shelter for those in need. Volunteer to help if you can.

This is the time of the year when we can use the holiday spirit, to share with all of our friends and neighbors and remind them that we are all family. Share your spirit to help.

Craig Carson is the director of preconstruction for Alliance Glazing Technologies Inc. in Littleton, Colo.

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