As summer slips away and we greet a new season, I welcome you to our latest edition of the Finding HOPE Newsletter. This is the harvest season or late summer as some may refer to it. Metaphorically speaking, it is a time to reap the benefits of the seeds we have sown throughout the year. We see evidence of this in our gardens and local farmers markets both overflowing with the season’s harvest. By all measures, 2020 has been a challenging year so far. I encourage you to take some time to reflect on the steps you have taken to persevere. Identify for yourself the ‘seeds of perseverance’ you have sown. Perseverance can be defined as the act of persisting to do something despite challenges, obstacles and disappointments. Perseverance is an essential quality if we want to realize our goals and achieve success. What have you done to persevere this year? Sit with that for a minute. I know for me, I have had to push myself to remain hopeful and positive. I learned that getting out of the house and taking a walk is a new essential tool in my perseverance toolbox. Reaching out for help and talking to all of you are also tools in that toolbox. These skills are my ‘Harvest’ this year and I will celebrate this growth even in the midst of all the uncertainty of 2020. What is your harvest and how will you celebrate it?