Orson Welles in The Third Man

Goodbye 2020 — Hello 2021

I think we all agree 2020 was quite a year.

It has confronted all of us with a challenge we didn’t anticipate during the first few days of the year: an invisible yet very real threat to our well-being. A virus that spread around the globe in record time and affected each person in some way or another.

So it is no surprise that we let out a collective sigh of relief that this year is now in the past. And even though we are acutely aware that nothing has changed magically over night, there still is something refreshing and energizing in these first days of the year as we look ahead with increased optimism.

When I reflect on the challenges we continue to face, I’m reminded of the scene in The Third Man in which Harry Lime, played by Orson Welles, talks to his old friend Holly:

“After all it’s not that awful. You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? — The cuckoo clock.”

And with that in mind, I wish you a happy, healthy, and creative new year…and look forward to perhaps seeing you sometimes in 2021. You can find me every Thursday at 10:15 EST at Pitch in the Zone.

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