It’s easy to enumerate all that was wrong with 2020. With a slowdown of vaccine distribution and news of virus mutations with faster transmission, it would seem that 2021 is not much more promising. Yet before we identify the previous year as a total disaster and anticipate only more bad news, it may be a time to collect some good stories of past and present. A restless young woman puttered in her kitchen baking up surprises for her neighbors and campus workers. Adult children arranged regular Zoom meetings between their children and grandparents. A woodworker made beautiful pieces to surprise others without a particular occasion. Endless numbers of closets and catchall places got organized with boxes of clothing packed for charitable organizations. Things in disrepair were finally fixed. There was time to read, reflect and write. Humor popped up when most needed. What stories inspired you?
By Ruth Feeney, OSB