In my final blog of the last two Decembers, I have reflected on the previous 525,600 minutes aka the year. Although another 525,600 minutes have elapsed, we are not quite through with the pandemic. If anything, we are facing a tripledemic- Covid-19, the seasonal flu and RSV!!
So, perhaps another look back at the 525,600 minutes comprising 2022 is appropriate.
The Broadway musical, “Rent” has a song entitled “Seasons of Love” which starts off by asking:
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear.
five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
How do you measure,
Measure a year?
In cups of coffee?
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife?
In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
How do you measure a year in a life?
(If you do the math, it turns out to be a year (525,600/60 minutes/24 hours= 365 days.)
In spite of two vaccination shots and three booster shots, my year was pretty much like 2021; I am still working remotely and doing my best to stay healthy. While I have attended a few in person events, I have tried to be careful, even wearing a mask at times. (Indeed, some of those events required proof of vaccination and a mask to participate!)
So, what has the most recent 525,600 minutes taught me.? To be even more flexible, patient (lots and lots of this!), persistent, forgiving and understanding than ever before. As we all know, three years of a pandemic is tough on all of us and has gotten quite old already. While we are ready to be done with it, it is NOT ready to be done with us and if anything may be surging yet again. In fact, it has invited two “cousins” to the party; the flu and RSV!
So, as this year ends, I am still working from my dining room table, with no thought of conducting in person mediations anytime soon. I envision my 2023 to be much the same as 2022 and 2021- working remotely and trying to stay safe and healthy!
I want to thank each of you for sustaining my mediation practice through another difficult year and for being a loyal reader of my blog. Without you, the year would have been even more difficult than it was.
I want to wish each of you a very happy holiday and a most wonderful new year. My most fervent wish for you and your family is that you stay safe and healthy and have a much happier 2023! I sincerely hope that the next 525,600 minutes will be much much better for all of us than the last 33 months!
As in the past, I will be taking a “staycation” until the end of the year. I will resume my blog again in January 2023! Stay safe and healthy!
… Just something to think about.
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