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A Year to Remember 2020 by Eric Meichsner

2020 has been a year of events and surprises that we will likely never forget!  Here in Minnesota, the year started with winter – snow, wind, ice and cold.  Shortly thereafter, COVID-19 appeared in the United States and gradually made its way across the country and world.  On top of dealing with all the issues that COVID-19 has brought, this is an election year – and our country seems to be more divided than ever.  So how do we move forward and deal with all the turbulence?

This year I’ve heard various people say or indicate that they “can’t wait for 2020 to be over” or they “can’t wait to forget about 2020” or something of this nature.   One evening, I was reading a book to my three year old son before bed – Let Me Hold You Longer, by Karen Kingsbury – and it hit me… now more than ever we need to live in the moment.  Although it seems easy to wish hard times away, we need to remember every day that passes, we cannot get back. It will become the past (or a lifetime of lasts as the book references)!  A couple of my favorite quotes from the book are below:

“I look ahead and dream of days that haven’t come to pass.  But as I do, I sometimes miss today’s sweet, precious lasts…”

“My life keeps moving faster, stealing precious days that pass.  I want to hold on longer – want to recognize your lasts…”

As we go through the remainder of the year, remember that things are never as bad as they seem and never as good as they sound – reality is likely somewhere in the between!  Remain in the moment and live for today.  Be open-minded and kind.  Stay positive and control the things within your control.  Stay safe and healthy!  

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