I hope the rest of 2021 goes better than the first month has done. Miss D. and I just got back from Bob's memorial service, and now I've learned that another friend is in dire straits and needs financial help to keep body and soul together. That's the tenth such friend in as many months, thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown that has destroyed many small businesses; and I daresay it won't be the last.
How are you and your friends coping, dear readers? We might all benefit from hearing how others are experiencing the current economic (not to mention political) mess, and steps they're taking to survive. Let us know your situation in Comments.
I think we'll all have to band together with those of like mind, and help each other make it through the dark times that are currently upon us. They may get worse before they get better, too. It's at times like these that one's "tribe", the people with whom one will choose to stand or fall if necessary, becomes a vital part of survival - mental, spiritual, and of course physical too. As Benjamin Franklin said in another context:
I guess I'll be selling another rifle and some ammunition at the local gun show this weekend. Fortunately, I have one I can spare. These are the times to use what one has stored up during the "plentiful years", to help oneself and one's tribe to get through the "years of famine" (cf. Genesis, chapter 41).