Corona is an unwelcome virus that came from somewhere offshore. It takes all the fun out of Maine’s 200 year anniversary and the 400 year anniversary celebration for the Mayflower. Hopefully, they will keep the next one in their own test lab. We may learn something from all of this but I could not imagine what it might be. Mark seems to put it all in prospective below in his Memorial Day message.
2020 Memorial Day Greetings (from Mark’s Email)
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know
What you’ve got
Til it’s gone
This Memorial Day, it feels like a lot of what we’ve got is now gone. Did we appreciate it enough? What we had just a few short months ago? We had the strongest labor market of our lifetimes, perhaps the best economy too. We’d been at peace for more than a decade. The world was producing fascinating wonders – self-driving cars, the total of all knowledge available at our fingertips, the ability to speak with anyone on the planet, anywhere, anytime. We lived in a time that every person in history before us would have traded places in an instant. For many of them, it would’ve seemed an incredible utopia. Were we sufficiently grateful for it all? We can look back on January and wonder at the trivial things we let consume us. Why did we spend so much time clutching after things that don’t matter? Why were we fools, taking our good fortune for granted? And so, our Good Luck ran out. This Memorial Day, a plague has killed more than 100,000 Americans and Canadians in just two months. The horrible tragedy has transformed us from fools into solemn, serious prisoners in our own communities. The superficial distractions of January have fallen away, and they’ve been replaced in our lives. Family, faith, friends, all seem more meaningful now that “what we’ve got is gone.”
But still, this Memorial Day, let us be thankful. We have been taught a lesson of loss. Let us take from it as a lesson in gratitude. For what can you be thankful today? The kids sleeping safely in bed. The internet is working. Zoom calls with friends are possible. The backyard grill is there ready to throw a steak or burger on. The beginning of summer is always great.
Perhaps you can start with the smallest thing you have to be thankful for, and give thanks for it. And then the next smallest, and the next, and the next. And maybe you can allow your entire day to fill with joy for the small things – the smell of cut grass, the twinkle of your spouse, your kid being a buffoon, the sound of your parent’s voice – too distant over a video call but heard none the less. The taste of the perfect burger as you just now pulled off the grill. And while you’re taking that bite of a burger, eyes closed, face in the sun, beer at hand, you’ll remember the intention of today. This Memorial Day, we can feel gratitude for our veterans of a different war.
Yes, Mark, thanks for reminding us to always be thankful for the things we have, regardless if they are big or small. Appreciation despite our selfishness and our dependence on cheap Chinese made goods that do not last or the color of your shorts just fade out. Let’s think about paying a little more for American Made goods that last much much longer! Cheers! Please do enjoy and appreciate what you do have now. The next time, it could really be gone. Yes, big time!