Attitude of Gratitude
We have heard the phrase “attitude of gratitude.” It’s a phrase I routinely take to heart, but also one that I believe all Bethanians are continuing to embrace as we prepare to say goodbye to 2020. This was a year unlike any other in our lifetimes, and getting through it required our students, faculty, and staff to partner and persevere like never before. We could have approached this year through a negative lens, but we chose to #ProtectTheHerd in more ways than one. We showed an attitude of gratitude.
Looking back, I would need more space to list every one of our collaborative efforts, but suffice it to say, we demonstrated a level of compassion and commitment that has inspired me all year and kept our College in the Green Level every day. As a community, we helped our students through this time with grace and a compass, giving them much needed direction and support so they could succeed. We united around health and safety as we encouraged proper social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, and the need for maintaining good personal hygiene. We re-thought each space on campus so as to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe and slow the virus’ spread. We also witnessed the attitude of gratitude among our alumni, who continued to give generously despite the pandemic impacting them, their families, and their friends and colleagues.
All of these efforts contributed to us being #BethanySTRONG when we needed to be, and as our students finish their exams, and as we officially move into the holiday season, I do so with sincere admiration and an attitude of gratitude. I know that the holidays will likely be different for all of us this year, but the spirit of giving has no bounds. Neither do the hearts that comprise #ONEBethany.
Warmest wishes for a happy Thanksgiving, a merry Christmas, and a year of new possibilities.