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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

January 4, 2022

A New Year

Submitted by Gregg Hadley

I hope that you had a wonderful winter holiday season!

As I spent time over the holidays reflecting on our mission, profession and system last year, I was struck by a few things.

First, we faced many challenges.

Second, despite those challenges, we delivered on our mission, directly or indirectly, at least 2,409,224 times.

Third, I wondered whether we focused on those successes, or did we focus our attention on the negativity associated by our challenges?

I have to admit that I often focused on the negativity too much when I could have been celebrating the far more numerous examples of the great work we did, despite the challenges.

A new year offers a time for a reset. A new year allows us to start refocusing on the positive rather than the negative. Challenges have always risen to impede our mission, yet history shows that we have always overcome those challenges and delivered on our mission in outstanding ways.

When challenges arrive in 2022, will we respond with negativity and let those challenges overwhelm us, or, knowing we have always overcome our challenges to deliver on our mission, will we approach those challenges with the positivity needed to overcome them?

We have proven that we can positively impact the people of Kansas no matter what challenges are thrown our way. As we look at 2022, let’s get back to positively focusing on our mission, programming and serving the people of Kansas.