“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
~ Haruki Murakami

President’s Message – September 2020

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.”  ~  Unknown

My Dear Friends:

As we will soon begin to see falling leaves, changes of colors, and cooler air, I find the above quote is not only applicable to the new season, but also to our lives in general.  This year has taught us that we must adapt and adjust our vision of what life should be like.  For many of us, it is difficult to let things go.  We want what we envision to become reality, but that is not always what is in store for us, is it?

There is beauty in letting things go.  We tend to relax a bit more and truly live in the moment.  During the past year, many of us have spent more time at home, reorganizing, purging, exploring new recipes and binge watching our favorite shows.  We’ve enjoyed connecting with old friends virtually and have watched our favorite singers and bands perform for us in our living rooms.  There have been some positives to letting go of what was once the norm.

I do miss seeing all of you at our conferences, I cannot deny that.  And I know that we will all be thinking about our annual trip to Williamsburg in December and what could have been.  We will be there next year, and we will truly celebrate all that is great with Virginia AAHAM.  I just know it and I can’t wait, as I’m sure you can’t!  Until then, please join us on our virtual conferences.  It’s a great way to stay connected, earn CEUs and to learn.   Pam Cornell and her Education Committee have done an outstanding job at bringing meaningful, current topics to our lunch and learns and you just can’t beat the cost!

Until we meet again in person, I am sending you a virtual hug.  Please take good care and enjoy your version of “letting go” …. everything will fall into place.  Please do reach out if you ever need to talk.  I am here for you.

Yours in AAHAM,


Linda M. Patry, CRCE-I

President, Virginia Chapter of AAHAM