Happy Holidays 2020! Warmest wishes for Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kawanzaa!
It’s been a tumultuous pandemic year to say the least, but there’s a bright side as we turn an historic corner into 2021 with Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine just approved by the FDA for authorized emergency use. It’s a new beginning for sure, but until we can all be protected, which will take time, Americans can’t afford to let down their guard. That means keep the masks on, keep your distance, and keep washing your hands – the best gifts we can give to each other.
I decided to look back through my photos taken since the beginning of the pandemic. I came across a number of beautiful pristine white flowers in bloom last spring. White symbolizes reverence, humility, spirituality, and sympathy. It also represents a new start. And here we are.
I also saw my April 16 entry that highlighted a powerful poem by Japanese artist Yoyoi Kusama about the novel coronavirus. I read the poem again:
Though it glistens just out of reach, I continue to
Pray for hope to shine through
Its glimmer lighting our way
This long awaited great cosmic glow
Now that we find ourselves on the dark side of the world
The gods will be there to strengthen the hope we have spread throughout the universe
For those left behind, each person’s story and that of their loved ones
It is time to seek a hymn of love for our souls
In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future
Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future
Embraced in deep love and the efforts of people all over the world
Now is the time to overcome, to bring peace
We gathered for love and I hope to fulfill that desire
The time has come to fight and overcome our unhappiness
To COVID-19 that stands in our way
I say Disappear from this earth
We shall fight
We shall fight this terrible monster
Now is the time for people all over the world to stand up
My deep gratitude goes to all those who are already fighting
This season of celebration, tweaked for Covid times, may not be so traditional. But great strides shining warm rays of hope remind us that this is temporary -- so long as we hold the ship steady through the storm.
Better times are on the other side.
This is your country, and it’s up to you to save it.” – English translation of a saying in Taiwan
Washing Hands + Wearing a Mask + Social Distancing = Saving Lives