2020 Once and For All…

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December 16, 2020 by Jim C.

I’d like to sum up 2020 once and for all…

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

–Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

OR, What about…

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations


“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

These were penned 150+ years ago (give or take) but they sure could have been penned in 2020 as well.  Does any of this make sense to you? 

Maybe we can agree that 2020 can’t leave soon enough, but we need to realize that every day, every hour, and every minute is valuable and should not be wasted wishing to be someplace or sometime in the future.  We will get there soon enough!  From my perspective maybe I will get there sooner than I want. 

At 62 years & 7 months (give or take) I’m feeling like the time is moving faster and faster each day.  While I want 2020 to be over, I do not want that!  I want more time…

This may sound strange to many of you, but I like to read the newspaper each day.  Yeah, maybe I am a dinosaur when it comes to staying informed that way…I’ve received a daily newspaper ever since I married (first time) in 1982.  Prior to that, I read my parents newspaper as I lived in their home and I do not remember a time when a newspaper wasn’t on the driveway in the morning.  What I’m getting at here is that certain sections of the paper have become less interesting and some more, such as the financials & obituaries.  Yes, I do want the stock market reports, and No, I’m not looking for myself to be listed…that day will come soon enough, and this is really why I want time to slow down!  As they say, I’m closer to the end than the beginning…

I’m not afraid of death, but I’m not ready to meet my maker any time soon.  I was at my wife’s bedside when she died in 2011, which was 6 months (give or take) after my son’s death in 2010.  I was at my mom’s bedside when she died in 2017, which just happened to be two days prior to the birth of my first grandchild!  Here is where I reflect upon my blessings, and I do have many if I say so myself. One that immediately comes to mind is my wonderful (second) wife, who is a kind, loving, faith filled woman! Another is my business partner and all of our dedicated employees.

My point here is that each of us has a (life) story and a reason for living today.  We all are blessed in some way (or many ways), it just may be a little harder to see it through the mess of 2020.  While it would be nice to fast forward past the bad (pandemic, if you will) to get to the good (new normal we must appreciate what is right before our eyes.  It is very possible that every person who reads this has a COVID experience they wish wasn’t true.  Maybe you were infected, or someone in your family was and died, or a friend was and died. Both scenarios have happened close to me!  We still must appreciate what we have and what will be in the future.  There will be good that comes out of this badness.  We cannot bring back loved ones, but we sure can live a future that makes them proud.  We can appreciate those loved ones who are still in our lives and focus on making our world a better place for everyone.  When I say everyone, that is what I mean. It should not matter the color of your skin, your religious affiliation, your sex, your age, or ______________ (you fill in the blank), we need more harmony and appreciation for our lives.

Mr. Charles Dickens died in 1870…I wonder what he would pen today if he was here to experience 2020: 


“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

We have all suffered this year, arguably some more than others, and for different reasons I am sure, but we have suffered together!  Let us not let this suffering be in vain.  Let us learn from it and make our lives, our loved one’s lives, our friends, and our neighbors lives better despite our suffering, not because of our suffering.  Take a deep breath and find something to laugh about and it may change your attitude about 2020 and give you a clearer perspective on what 2021 will be.  And, it will be…

As Dickens penned: 

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

 Hopefully, if laughter does not do it, this blog post will.

Peace and Goodwill…Best wishes for a better tomorrow.

Jim Cox is Vice President and co owner of United Credit Service.

United Credit Service, Inc. is a full service, licensed revenue cycle management and debt collection agency that has been providing effective, customized one on one management and recovery solutions for our business partners in the Midwest since 1950. Visit our website at http://www.unitedcreditservice.com, call 877-723-2902, or check out our YouTube video

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