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2020

Jenabeth Ferguson

What if 2020 isn't canceled?
What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?
A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw —
that it finally forces us to grow.
A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us
from our ignorant slumber.
A year we finally accept the need for change.
Declare change. Work for change. Become the change.
A year we finally band together, instead of
pushing each other further apart.

2020 isn’t canceled, but rather
the most important year of them all.

-leslie dwight

There is no denying that 2020 has been an incredibly hard year.  Our healthcare front-line workers have endured heart breaking situations.  Many families are struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table.  Students have been forced into distance learning and some have lost access to their only nutritious meals and the safety of being in school every day.  Far too many people have lost their lives and left families in mourning. 

In the past several weeks I have spent a lot of time reading, listening, talking to friends and family and reflecting on all that is happening in this country and across the globe.  When I saw the above poem by Leslie Dwight it really resonated with me.  COVID19, the racial protests and all the unrest have brought to the forefront systemic issues that have been facing this country for years.  Issues that get talked about in election years and in academic settings, but true change never really happens. 

What if that is what 2020 is about?  If so, what are you doing to come together with your fellow humanity to bring about real change?  

I’ll be honest I’m still figuring it out for myself. I started with putting aside what I thought I knew and really listening. Asking uncomfortable questions about people’s experiences with healthcare and race relations.  And then looking at the organizations I support and seeing what they are doing and how I can be more involved.  Healthcare and education have always been the silver bullets for me and if anything, 2020 has only reinforced my beliefs. 

I encourage you all to flip the narrative on 2020 and look at this as an opportunity.  A lot of suffering is happening; let’s not make it all for nothing.  We come together in times of crisis to get through whatever we face; this time let’s not just go back to life as normal.  Let’s truly change what is broken. 

Please share with me your thoughts on what you see as the possibilities of the hard lessons learned in 2020.

Be well,
Jenabeth

Jenabeth Ferguson
Vice President, Symposium Director
Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

P.S. Have a thought about the Symposium? Please feel free to contact me at any time at jenabeth@jdevents.com.

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