A Challenge to be our Best Self

March 31, 2020

As I scanned my library of books at home for a new, but older read, the famous literary classic line of the Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens came to mind; although I really actually only remembered the first 2 clauses. But, the sentence is worthy of being quoted:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

Indeed, this Pandemic is one of the worst of times this generation has experienced. And, although it would be difficult to think that this is the best of times, it can be a time in which we can be our best-- a testament of our values, character and integrity.

During this time, may we reflect upon what we have rather than what we don’t—what we are able to access rather than what we can not, what we are able to do rather than what we are unable to do. And may we be grateful for who are there for us rather than focus on who is not.

For the people who take a great risk every day in order to work and provide us with products and services we so desperately need on the front lines and behind them, I salute you and thank you!

Let us not forget to be grateful and kind and thank someone today!

It may the worst of times for this generation, but it doesn’t have to reflect the worst in us. This is an era of need for great compassion and consideration for others. Be your best self! Perhaps, these times can serve as a challenge of our own humanity, our integrity, and empathetic understanding towards others.

Give what you have to give—

Kindness, gratitude, consideration, compassion, empathy, understanding and love.


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