It’s that time of year again, when we take time to spend with our family and friends, look back upon the previous year and think about our future. It’s when we hope for peace in the world, for children to not suffer or go hungry, and for the elderly to have what they need to live in dignity. It’s when we look outside our windows at the many bare trees, the frost or snow on the ground, the ice forming on lakes, and we just take it all in.
Perhaps we’ll enjoy Christmas presents under the tree in our living room, or we lit the candles of the menorah night after night, or we’re celebrating the season with some other ritual that is near and dear to us. If we’ve cared about people who were very sick, injured or even passed away this year, we may find ourselves grateful for their recovery or for the time we had with them before they passed. If we have a loved one serving in our military or relief effort far away from home, we may be missing them terribly right now, while we remain proud of their great work and pray for their safe return.
Regardless of how you celebrate this holiday season, I hope you savor these special moments and opportunities for reflection. I hope you are ending 2012 with a sense of accomplishment and pride because you contribute to the greater good in the work that you do – whether you are a public sector worker or private sector worker represented by the SEA – your work is in service to others and it makes a big difference in our world. And I hope you are looking forward to 2013, as I am.
SEA members have seen a really tough year – a few if we’re looking further back than that – thanks to the Great Recession of 2009. We have a long, strong history though, thanks to our beloved retirees that paved the way for today’s workers. Together, our paths have weathered the toughest storms and once again, we have come through with flying colors. Thank you for all that you have done in 2012; I remain forever grateful for the honor of serving you and our wonderful organization.
Happy Holidays and Seasons Wishes,