A 2020 Holiday Message from TKA’s President, George Hampton
By George Hampton
As we approach the end of 2020 and reflect on how we will remember this year, I believe a fitting comparison would be to the times of our two World Wars. The breadth of the impact on humanity, the separation, and the emotional stress of 2020 are on par with what those living through those war years experienced.
In 1939, shortly after the beginning of World War II, King George VI gave the traditional Christmas Day speech. This is the same king known for his difficulty speaking due to a stuttering condition, so public speaking was particularly uncomfortable for him. He gave his speech in carefully measured words, slowly yet solidly: “A new year is at hand. We cannot tell what it will bring. If it brings peace, how thankful we shall be. If it brings us continued struggle, we shall remain undaunted.”
Toward the end, he expressed that a poem given to him by his daughter, now Queen Elizabeth, might bring some encouragement:
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East
So as we look at the gate into 2021, I want to encourage all of you to look for the light of a day when we will win this war with COVID-19. And as you look forward, I would ask that you also reflect on how we worked together in 2020.
We are proud that our biomeds stood shoulder-to-shoulder with every healthcare worker in the ministries we support. Together, we fought as the best of the best – and served with honor. Lives were saved because of the dedication of American healthcare professionals.
I couldn’t be prouder to be a leader of this mission-critical group. While this year shook the foundations of everything we do, we faced a clear purpose and met this adversity head-on. I will look back on 2020 as the year where we found pause in personal lives, but also as the year where TKA stood up to a pandemic and consistently delivered above the bar to protect patients, providers and hospitals.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
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