My father often shared a saying: “Cheer up, things could get worse, so I cheered up and sure enough they got worse.”
In 2020 we suffered through the coronavirus pandemic and disruption of our usual way of life, widespread unemployment, the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor followed by legitimate demonstrations that descended into destructive, violent riots, a divisive presidential election, and the resurgence of coronavirus that caused over 300,000 deaths.
When 2021 arrived I cheered up, and sure enough, things got worse.
President Trump revealed his true colors to the world, refusing to accept his election loss by over 7 million votes and inciting a violent riot that invaded the capitol building.
Fortunately, in this beautiful corner of the country we have escaped the worst of these problems and have the ability to protect ourselves.
First, acknowledge and accept the truth.
A favorite song states, “If you tell a lie again and again it does not become the truth in the end.”
You can disagree with someone but remain civil and respectful.
Live the Golden Rule and treat others as you would wish to be treated.
Second, wear a mask and social distance to protect yourself, family, friends and neighbors.
Get the vaccine when it becomes available.
The coronavirus is real but we can minimize its impact.
Third, love your neighbor as yourself.
Fight hatred and racism while also respecting the law.
Things will get better if we work together.