A Sunday Bouquet

September 6th, 2020

After yesterday’s virtual jaunt around London, I have flowers for you today.

It’s a holiday weekend here in the U.S., with many people taking the day off tomorrow for Labor Day. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the holiday “is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” Labor Day seems especially important this year — not for any kind of celebration but for the recognition of the simultaneous challenges being faced by all the workers who have lost their jobs as well as all the workers who are carrying on through extreme and unusual conditions.

Getting through the last six months has been an achievement for all of us, and a tragedy for many. What gives me hope is that never before in history have so many people been working so hard toward one goal — sharing knowledge, sharing resources, sharing discoveries — to end the current singular plight of the entire world. The world’s best and brightest humans are working harder than ever on behalf of all of us to create a vaccine. If there’s anything to be celebrated on this Labor Day, that is it.

So let’s stay the course, keep doing our part, find some joy in getting this far and remember to stop and smell the flowers and savor the beauty in life. I’ll close with a quote attributed to J.M. Barrie that may be helpful to keep in mind as we labor through the pandemic together: “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”

More tomorrow,

Photos of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.


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