President David Smith’s 2022 Holiday Message
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By David Smith | 480 words | Reading Time: 2 minutes and 24 seconds | Date: 2022/12/14
As I reflect on the past year, I am humbled to be a part of so many people’s lives. I know that 2022 continued to be a difficult year for many Canadians, with higher prices at the grocery stores, inflation, tax increases and the ongoing fallout from COVID, illness in the family and personal life changes. I know that for many it may feel impossible to look ahead but I want to encourage you to know that while you may be facing difficulties today; there are brighter days ahead.
If I can share one sentiment with you this season, it’s the importance of gratitude. I believe in taking time every single day, no matter how busy you are, to take note of something you are grateful for. It could be a person, a moment, or a memory, and whether you write it in a journal, express thanks to someone, or keep it to yourself, it’s an excellent way to remember all the good things around us.
This year, more than any other year I am thankful for the people around me. I am thankful for my loved ones, my neighbours, and my colleagues. I am thankful for every single Canadian who takes this journey with Bromwich+Smith: with your support and trust, we celebrated our 20th anniversary this fall.
I hope that everyone who has trusted Bromwich+Smith to support you through your financial journey is able to take a moment to reflect on your current path. Have you started the journey, and are almost at the end? Congratulations! Maybe, you are at the starting point or haven’t quite taken those first steps. That’s progress too. I know those initial steps can be difficult and I know you will get there, and I know Bromwich+Smith will be ready when you are.
Time is not guaranteed, so live in the present. Make time for others but also make time for yourself. You are important and valued so find time to acknowledge that. We know that self care is important, but it often gets lost when we are taking care of everyone else. Take time for you this season and do something for yourself that you value.
Throughout the pandemic lockdowns, it has been difficult to truly connect with others, which has highlighted how valuable those interactions are to me. My goal for 2023 is to ensure that I spend more time with those around me and share with them how important they are.
Over the holiday season, I will be spending as much time with family as I can. Every year I look forward to going out to cut down a tree with my family and coming home to watch holiday movies. With that, I leave you with a quote from one of my favourites. One resonates with me a little differently this year.
"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."- The Grinch.
Happy Holidays, David Smith