We Are the Times

“Bad times, hard times — this what people keep saying; but let us live well and times shall be good. We are the times. Such as we are, such are the times” (Saint Augustine of Hippo).

I keep hearing how bad 2020 is. I keep hearing how people can’t wait for 2021 to get here so everything will be perfect and right.

Granted, we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Granted, there are more than the usual numbers of natural disasters, i.e. wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.

Just because I’m having a bad day doesn’t give me the excuse to behave badly. It doesn’t let me off the hook from trying to do good and to be good.

I think the same applies for the calendar year 2020 and all those infamous resolutions you and I made on January 1. I’m not saying you will absolutely accomplish 100% of every one of your goals this year, but you can still strive to improve.

I still believe that the year is what you make it. Bad things can happen, but if you choose to be the good in the world. I believe it was Jesus who said the key to life was to love God completely and love people the same way.

Just because you might have had a bad start to the day or week or year doesn’t automatically guarantee that you will have a bad ending. That’s still for you to decide by the choices and responses you make starting now.

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