My blog is heavily focused on the technical and practical sides of blogging, but I want to take a break from that this week. With Thanksgiving on the horizon and with the end of the year approaching quickly behind it, this is a time for reflection and hope. Given the year that we have all had, reflection seems particularly appropriate.
Earlier this week, we were all given bold hope with news that a vaccine may soon be available. Today, my governor (in Texas) held a news conference about the distribution of an experimental Covid-19 treatment to 300 hospitals statewide.
Then, with the drop of the other foot, the CDC recommended today that all Americans break from usual traditions related to large gatherings and traveling. (The recommendation was not a surprise, but it sure let the air out of the otherwise positive news.)
With such extreme yo-yoing, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the situation that we are all facing. Nonetheless, we have come this far, and it always seems darkest right before the sun comes up. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to share a few words of hope and gratitude from a few wise folks that are appropriately meaningful at this time.
“If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” ~ William Faulkner
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward
“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~ Charles Dickens
And my favorite – –
“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” ~ Maya Angelou