As we bid a fond farewell to 2020 I wanted to share my wish for the new year with you. Recently, LNP | LancasterOnline asked what I found most challenging about 2020, any lessons I learned that might stay with me, and what my wishes were for the new year. Here’s what I told them:
“A reminder, more than a lesson this year, was that we depend on the people and the world around us for what we need. Because this is true, we have a responsibility in some measure to them, and for them.
I felt this profoundly in the midst of multiple crises: a global pandemic that revealed all the ways in which we rely on one another for the necessities of life as well as our individual and collective health; and the largest mass demonstrations in U.S. history that called — and continue to call — each of us to do what is in our power to deliberately address and dismantle racial injustice.
This reminder of our interdependence gave way to a lesson I will carry forward that is inspired by several Jewish texts: ‘Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.’
My wish for 2021 is that we continue the work of justice.”
Wishing you a healthy new year, filled with love for our community and acts of justice.
— Danene Sorace