Expressing Gratitude

But we are strong, each in our purpose, and we are all more strong together.Bram Stoker

Globally, we are limited in our mobility right now. Those who have to go to work, return home almost immediately afterwards. Some places are limiting people’s time for daily outdoor recreation, but many open spaces we once enjoyed are now closed, or have limited access. One of the bright spots in all this has been the sense of – togetherness. Millions upon millions of individuals have gained a renewed clarity that comes from living gracefully with a sense of community.

It does not matter what strata of society you occupy. A viral leveler of status has washed over the world, stranding us together in an extended uncharted time. To counter the darkness, the milk of human kindness has flowed openly across societies. People are extending their hands to help neighbors they have barely spoken with in the past. We see a stranger in need and offer to relieve their suffering. A smile is the only payment necessary. Kindness has softened so many hearts and smoothed so many hardships.

I thank people more, for doing tasks I normally took for granted before – supermarket clerks, the helpful hardware folks, the produce guy – they still do their jobs with dedication and pride. I smile and bless the younger generation especially. They are the future of society, and their charming, hardworking nature strengthens my faith in humanity’s posterity. To quote Franklin Roosevelt, “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all people, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”

Soon we will be able to throw off the temporary restrictions under which we must live. The parks will open, the shops will slowly come back to life. But do not forget the fellowship we have shared when leaving the confines of our homes. Smile more. Be thankful more. Don’t let the generous spirit slip away as we all return to the undefined, new normal. Bless each of you, my cousins around the world, together we can establish a legacy of peace in which our future can prosper. Be well and stay healthy.

Published by cewheeler

Writer/Artist:12 years in China – univ. lecturer: writing,poetry,culture; editor – magazine/newspaper & actor. 40 years students of the Tao. Traveler. Father. Read my books at:

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