My Dear Readers,
Well, we are really into the thick of things as this global pandemic ratchets up here in the U.S.
On the one hand my heart is breaking for the devastation and loss of life.
On the other, unspeakably grateful for so many healthcare workers who are working tirelessly, putting themselves in harms way, to care for others.
Grateful for the global race to find a treatment, vaccine, cure. I’m convinced that the brightest and best minds are fully engaged on that front.
Grateful that I’m so quarantined, I’m totally 100% sequestered! (Harold and I are taking this very seriously.)
Are we totally confused now about this face mask issue? I understand that our leaders and professionals are learning new stuff every day, so it’s not unreasonable that directives are changing almost hour-by-hour. So far, I’m no face mask because I’m not leaving my sequestered space. And no one is coming in.
In the middle of all of this unknown, as uncertain and scary as the future may appear, here’s what I know:
We’ve been through tough times before. In fact, I started Cheapskate Monthly newsletter In January 1992, right in the middle of the Financial Crisis of 1992-1993. Some of you were with me way back then. And we came through that.
We were rocked and shaken to our collective core on Sept. 11, 2001. It was rough, we thought our lives would never be the same. The U.S. economy was devastated. And we came through that.
We thought it was the end of the world in 2007 as we were propelled into the Great Recession. Banks failed, millions of people lost their homes. It was awful and I remember thinking that things will never be the same. And we came through that.
There is no denying that it’s a dark day in our beloved country. Things look bleak. We don’t know what’s happening from one minute to the next. We’ve never been this way before. And I say with all I know from all of my life experience together with my faith that will not be shaken—we will come through this. Together.
I’m reaching out to you right now, inviting you to make a commitment to our friendship and collective determination. We will gather once each day right here to share our strength and encourage one another.
There will be even darker days ahead as we work our way to “flatten the curve.” And in the meantime we are going to encourage one another. Which leads me to today’s post! I’m so excited …
Probably the last thing on your mind is Christmas. I know … it’s so far away. So much will happen between now and then. But it’s like a beautiful goal out there … we know it’s coming. And right now I can hardly wait because that means we will be through this and onto the other side.
I’m thinking homemade Christmas gifts! Now while we have time and are homebound, could there be a better time to get started? I think not!
This is something we can do together and I hope you’ll join me.
Stay safe. Be grateful. Do all you can to help others, safely.
I’ll see you at the post … Love, xo m