The whirlwind that the pandemic unleashed on the world can dampen our appreciation of the amazing technological strides that we made last year. I need to remind myself how miraculous it is that via my iPhone I can listen to live radio from Paris or Québec City in the morning. In the evening I can enjoy the wonderful, and commercial free, jazz available on The Jazz Groove. Last year, Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched 26 rockets into space, finally achieving the sci-fi ability to return first-stage rockets to earth in an upright landing. In an unprecedented accomplishment, our scientists have developed several highly-effective vaccines in less than a year, a feat that many believed to be impossible.
Undoubtedly, we will experience missteps and lost opportunities as we marshal our collective efforts with an urgency and determination not seen since World War II. Many of our fellow citizens will endure greater hardship, even as we see that ultimate success at defeating the pandemic is within reach. The next time that I find myself lamenting our nation’s inability to build the world’s tallest building in 410 days, or to have the skill, fortitude, and determination to win the Space Race, I shall endeavor to remember the underappreciated accomplishments of 2020. We wish all of our clients a happy, prosperous, and healthy 2021.