In the past 12 months, we’ve seen a lot of change – some good, some bad. The global economic meltdown, top of mind for so many people, is squarely in the “bad” category.
Across the board, and across the world, jobs are in peril, due to business closings, downsizing, cutbacks, hiring freezes and salary freezes. I hope that all of you have jobs and homes – and that you’re able to keep them in the New Year.
To some people, of course, employment is only one concern. Conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Darfur and elsewhere take precious lives. The human losses are terrible. I hope that you and your family are safe, and can stay safe, in the year to come.
Despite the bad news of 2008, perhaps there is good news on the horizon. New governments might bring new ways of thinking, and new solutions to past difficulties. The global recession is predicted to ease in 2009, and with the return of growth will come new opportunities for personal and professional success.
May the new year be a good year, a year of peace.