"I try to find the good in every day with what we have been handed although it's sometimes hard to do."
--Rebecca J. Kurzon, M.D.
As the last page of the current calendar is on display, how should we go about assessing the unimaginable year 2020? A period in which a deadly global virus continues attacking vulnerable populations and those who are undisciplined in their social behavior.
Yes, Covid-19 fatigue is setting in with social distancing, wearing a mask in public (often below the nose), and hand-washing practiced less than nine months ago. The weather becomes a factor in some locations forcing individuals inside with less exposure to sunshine and fresh air.
How to assess?
Perhaps with the distance of time, we'll see the past twelve months as an epochal moment when businesses, governments, and educational institutions discovered they aren't in control after all. That a collective arrogance, what Jim Collins calls "a hubris born of success," came up against an uncontrollable force destabilizing our social systems and economic structures.
Essayist Eric Weiner observed, "The pandemic has made a mockery of our grand plans. Graduations, weddings, job prospects--poof, gone, rolling back down the hill like Sisyphus's boulder."
Thankfully there was help when we needed it. Our attention moved away from captains of industry and celebrities to the doctors, nurses, EMT personnel, grocery clerks, truck drivers, and delivery workers that kept society functioning during the early days of the pandemic--and still do.
An undesirable appointment
There are two types of appointments. The first you initiate by calling your doctor or dentist. Or scheduling your car or truck to be serviced. This is a routine of life.
The other is like meeting up with someone or something not previously planned. Think loss of employment or a death in the family.
A paradoxical season
Consider the following:o An economic turnaround is underway. The total U.S. nonfarm payroll rose by 245,000 in November and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent from a record high 14.7 percent in April of this year. However, the pace of improvement in the labor markets has moderated in recent months. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, notable job gains occurred in transportation and warehousing, professional and business services, and health care.
It's one thing to die from a disease, an accident, or old age. However, it's another thing to be scared to death. Follow the recommended precautions and pay attention to reliable sources of information about Covid-19.