Going the Distance

I know what you’re thinking:

It’s July.

It’s hot.

It’s still here.

We’re still here.

Many are gone.

Will it ever STOP?

 

 

Here we are, still slogging it out, mid Covid19 crisis.

So much drama, inside and out.

Patience runs thin; tempers run hot.

Like a marathon runner, we go the distance, exhausted, planting one step in front of the other, again and again.

Remembering to wear a mask in public is getting to be a kind of relentless prodding: Where is it? Is it dirty? It’s broken? Do I have another? How do healthcare workers stand it?

Sanitizing our world, washing our hands, standing far apart, constantly checking the headlines for the numbers, watching the cases go down, only to rise up again, vacillating like the tide. It’s all so exhausting.

We thought, we hoped, we prayed, it would be OVER by now.

Sadly, by now we ALL know at least one friend or family member who has lost a loved one to the pandemic.

So many missed birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc.

So many seniors still confined to quarters.

So many sick and tired of being sick and tired.

And yet…

When there is crisis, there is opportunity. What do you perceive?

Listen to the news. Listen your friends on social media. Take the temperature of the times. If there wasn’t a global pandemic, would the same people who see the glass as half empty always see it that way?

Would those who are determined to seek and find the positives in the midst of suffering always do that?

We are imperfect people living in an imperfect world. There will always be sadness and gross wrongs to be righted.

The question is: Which type of person are you? What will you do to make the world a better place today? Tomorrow? For the rest of your life?

It’s July.

It’shot.

It’s still here.

We’re still here.

AND…we have the opportunity to ONCE AGAIN celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th! Yes!

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union …”

Our union isn’t perfect. We are constantly working to strengthen it. Thank goodness we still have the freedom to speak our minds and even to disagree! Let’s not forget those who died to allow us to keep disagreeing…peacefully.

Winston Churchill saw a lot of chaos in his time, too. In a speech in 1947 he quipped,

“Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is THE worst form of government…except for all these other forms that have been tried…”

In these trying times, may we come together to celebrate our imperfect Union?

Americans: Happy 4th of July!