A Cup Of Kindness

11th December, 2020 in Sundry

Brothers and sisters.

I’ll try not to labour the obvious

The impact of 2020 has been seismic, global and universal, yet has somehow managed to be even worse for the hospitality industry in so many ways.

Throughout this year the ingenuity, creativity and resilience of the industry has been unrivalled anywhere else.

There have been so many shining lights, on every level.

Community and unity have shown that cooperation is so much more important than competition; that helping each other makes everyone stronger.

Now is our chance to collectively remove any lingering stigma; to look after ourselves and each other, and create a more inclusive, kind culture than ever before.

To realise that what connects us is so much more powerful that what divides us.

There’s never, ever been any shame in struggling, professionally or personally.

This year has been a stark reminder that self-care isn’t selfish, and that feeling bad isn’t a reflection on your character.

Aside from awards, and accolades, kindness is at the heart of the industry, and at the heart of you, regardless of whatever bullshit has been thrown at you.

Who you are is more important than what you do.

It always have been.

If your role has changed, or temporarily isn’t there; if the building is closed at the moment or that concept has been consigned to memory, you are as important as you have ever been.

You are loved for who you are, not what you do.

Let’s try not to worry about what we can’t control.

To realise that we get to choose where our energy goes.

That the people doing amazing things, and helping each other from the heart are the best of all of us, and deserve our support, now and always, whatever they do.

That there isn’t a soul in the industry, or anywhere else, more important than you.

Never has been. Never will be.

Kindness and community will endure, and they will flourish because of your actions, and our commitment to support each other.

That is a cause for profound optimism.

So are you.

I so hope the festive season is gentle for you and yours, and that the New Year brings you the fulfilment and joy you more than deserve.

May the road rise up to meet you.

With love x