I went for a walk in the park the other day. It was packed with people out enjoying the sunshine, warmer temperatures, and just being out and about again after the restrictions of the pandemic.

It was just … a nice spring day.

It was … normal.

Well, almost. Most people still wore masks. A lot of stores were closed. There wasn’t any kind of organized activity. But for the first time since Covid-19 hit, it seemed like a nearly normal day.

I let the sun soak my face. I smiled at a cute dog. I felt so much gratitude.

It might be too soon to say, “It’s over.” And I’m not advocating we just shake it off and get on with our lives like nothing ever happened. Too many people are gone. Too many are sick and suffering. Too many are getting diagnosed every day.

And yet…

We’ve all learned so much about ourselves, each other, businesses, medicine, government…  We’ve all lost so much – and yet made progress in other areas. Is it a time now to reflect? To plan?

We’ll get there.

But first…I’d love to know what you’re grateful for from this last year if you’d do me the honor of hitting reply.