Times have been tough, no doubt about it. Recession (near Depression), bailouts, record unemployment – all added up to human despair on a scale never before witnessed in recent US memory. At times like this, it becomes all the more important to remember the important things in life, your friends, your loved ones, and compassion for those less fortunate than you (yes, no matter how bad things are for you, there is someone who is worse off and needs your help).
And remember Hope. Hope that things will only get better. That humanity, such as it is, will rise to the occasion and find decency and kindness at its core, undimmed by brand name materialism, overseas wars and runaway debts.
Let’s raise a cup of cheer as 2009 retreats into the night, making way for a 2010 that promises to better. We’re all in this together, and together, we’re going to get through this.