In The Wasteland T.S. Eliot wrote, most convincingly, that April is the cruelest month, but I think perhaps it is November. In April we have May to look forward to, and all those flowers. But November slams the door on autumn. Autumn feels like the shortest season, and summer is the longest. Of course I'm speaking from a New England perspective. If I lived in California or New Mexico, I'd be complaining about something else.
And I have nothing to complain about. Winter does have charm. Especially if I am inside with a fire in the fireplace and a good book. Or out enjoying all those pretty holiday lights and trees and music. But that still seems far off.
I need to work on being more optimistic. This week I'm drawing inspiration from Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker who has been incredibly hands-on with taking care of his constituents (see here) 95% of whom lost their power for a week or more, whose schools have been closed for more than a week, and whose struggles are many.
"Give the respect you want to receive; embody the grace you hope to encounter; and help others with no expectations whatsoever." --- Cory Booker