EDITOR’S NOTE: A Time to Find the North Star

I know we thought by year-end 2020 we’d be in a very different place by year-end 2021. To be sure, in many ways, we are. The world has changed us, as it will. We wear the scars of our resilience and strength with the smiles of our hope and optimism. There were times we couldn’t go on, only to find we did go on.

If we’ve learned anything, it’s that COVID-19 and its various mutations will likely always be with us, particularly as long as they can breed and adapt and evolve unchecked around the world in hosts who either choose not to be vaccinated or who don’t have an option to be vaccinated. 

In this great land that’s home to the free, I think we forget sometimes that we have the luxury of options.

As with all luxuries, that’s not always a good thing. But that’s another debate for another time. This week, the presents are bought and wrapped and placed beneath the tinseled tree. Streets and houses and businesses are looped with lights that banish the darkness. All is bright and magical and hopeful. It’s a time when mythology and faith remind us to tip our chins up to the evening skies to locate the North Star and be reminded of that star within, full of intuitive wisdom, that we can follow to goodness and truth. 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all. See you in 2022.