As 2020 comes to an end, there are many emotions for me to process. I began 2020 the same way I do every year, by making a list of goals, things I wanted to accomplish for myself, both personally and professionally. When the world was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was easy to feel as if my year and my goals would be derailed as well. However, like most Americans and small businesses alike, I quickly learned to pivot. That meant changing my tactics, changing my timeline, or, in some cases, reassessing my priorities and changing the goals altogether. In the end, it has been a very fulfilling and productive year. Among other things, I was able to spend an extraordinary amount of time with my family, witnessing milestones with my children that I may have otherwise missed and enjoying quality time with my wife. I was able to recruit a colleague to join our office who I trust with delivering the quality of care I insist on for our HDD patients. I added staff members at HDD who have quickly fit in with the rest of the team. I read books that have helped me grow as a businessman and a citizen. That said, the year was not without stress. Navigating this new world of ours has been challenging as I try to make decisions that will keep my family as well as my team healthy, motivated, and thriving. Just recently, my family and I were designing our holiday card and we settled on one with a lyric from the hymn 'O Holy Night.' It reads: "A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices." I think the lyric is very appropriate for how I enter the New Year. 2020 has left me a little worn, yet optimistic, and I embrace the promise of better days ahead. I wish you all a blessed holiday season and good health and happiness in the New Year.
Dr. Jose A. Gil