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Dexter living the life

The end of the year is near. It is time for all of us to think about the good things during this year. We all know 2020 has been a collection of bad news. Hundreds of thousands have already died from an unrelenting virus. Yet, in the midst of the scourge, there are things to be thankful for. It may be hard to do because the same four walls are boring, and people are tired.

So here are a few of the things I am not just thankful for, but to a point privileged. I am aware of this at all times.

  • I have food and shelter. Given how many of my neighbors are both food and shelter insecure, for that I give thanks.

So as the year comes to an end, as historically bad as this year has been, it’s time to reflect. Some of us are privileged and lucky. But as we complain about how tired we are, and wearing masks…it could be far worse.

There is a privilege in my position, but also awareness about the condition of others. I know millions are going hungry, and getting sick. There are hundreds of thousands who are already dead, and more to come in the United States alone. So you may be tired of wearing a mask and want things to go back to normal. Sit down and reflect on what you have, and perhaps how lucky you have been.

This perspective helps to dig deep and continue to do what we must. Sit down and write your own mindful list. The light at the end of this dark tunnel is starting to show as a point of light. But we must continue to wear masks, wash hands, and social distance. As to the younger set currently in school, when they have children of their own, they can tell tales of school at home over zoom. It will be the modern equivalent of walking uphill both ways in the snow.

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Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game.

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