December 30, 2020

Closing Out 2020

Susan Reichert

I have been trying to decide how to bid farewell to 2020. As I look back through the months, I am reminded how quick things can change. In February we were attending a wedding and in March we are told there is a virus spreading across the world that is killing people.

Now we wear mask, make sure there is six feet between us and others, stay away from crowds.

Even though this is a terrible thing that happened causing sickness, death, loss of jobs, and business closings we do see light coming with a vaccine that they have begun using to vaccinate across the country and other parts of the world.

However, rather than focus on the bad things of 2020, I would like to focus on the good things of 2020.

For the first time in a long time, families had to stay at home with each other and reacquaint themselves. Remember families are most important in our lives.

We are appreciating our families and not taking them for granite. We also are finding ways to keep in touch with friends remembering how much they mean to us.

As for writers, many have spent this time writing and publishing books. What else could we do but write? For me, I am almost finished writing one book and will begin the editing process in a couple of weeks and half-finished on another. Many of my friends have finished two books this year.

So how will we remember 2020? Grateful we survived it. Hopefully, we got our priorities straight.

Even though they closed our church my husband and I continued to attend online every Sunday but one. A lot of my friends tell me they got closer to not only their families but also to God and spending time with Him.

I pray that as we end this year, we will remember how great it was to spend time with our families and do things together––in our homes and backyards. Let us take this with us into the new year. Let us put our focus on God to see us into the new year with a new appreciation for life.

Susan Reichert, author of God's Prayer Power and Storms in Life. Susan is the founder of Southern Author Services. The past co-publisher of Southern Writers Magazine and the Editor-in-Chief. Editor of Suite T. President of Collierville Christian Writers Group (CCWriters Group).

 Susan and her family live in Tennessee.


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  1. Susan,

    Thank you for this encouraging article focused on the positives and thinks we can face with gratitude. No one could have predicted the worldwide pandemic this year and the many changes. As writers, we persevere and remain consistent. Books are still selling and books change people's lives. I believe there are great opportunities ahead--if we continue to knock on doors and look for them. Thank you for your continued encouragement through the Suite T Blog.

    author of 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed

    1. Terry thank you so much for your comment. I agree with you, there are wonderful opportunities waiting for all of us, as you said we just have to look for them and knock on the doors and above all persevere to be expecting these good opportunities.

      Thank you so much for your continued support of Suite T and your wonderful comments. I have truly enjoyed your books and look forward to 2021 along with you.

  2. Thank you, Susan for closing the year with a positive and refreshing spirit of gratitude. YES! We gratefully survive 2020. Many blessings to all of you for 2021!

    1. Thank you so much for all you do in your writing for others. We so appreciate your support of Suite T and the wonderful comments you give. We receive them with gratitude.

      We wish you a wonderful blessed 2021 and look forward to your new books in the future.

  3. Susan, wishing and praying for a wonderful 2021 for all! I found some great blessings in 2020 along with hardships, as well. SO I'm praying the hardships make us stronger and the blessing, grateful.

    1. Ane you are always a blessing to all who know you. We appreciate all the support you have given Suite T and other authors. I too know we will be stronger for the things we have encountered in 2020 and I am most grateful we could find blessings in 2020 through the hardships.

      Looking forward to your new book and thank you for all you do to help authors succeed.

  4. Thank you, Susan, for this uplifting look back at 2020. I also have found much to be grateful for in the past year, and we've surely all been reminded of the abundance of blessings we often take for granted. Thanks again and Happy New Year!

    1. Kay thank you for taking the time through the year to support Suite T and make comments. I always look forward to reading them. I pray all of us as you said will be grateful for the blessings we did receive in 2020 and not take them for granite as we move into 2021.

      Looking forward to your books in 2021. Happy New Year!

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