In a year that has managed to turn our lives and livelihoods upside down, it’s easy to focus on all that’s not going right, or “not normal.”
But, as of last night, we were given many signs that there is some hope, some light at the end of the tunnel, that things are on the up and up, at least here in the US.
• The Electoral College voted to affirm that in just over 4 weeks, we will be swearing in a new president and history-making Madam Vice President -- former VP Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris. As President-elect Biden said, "In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed. We the people voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact. And so, now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal."
• The Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was FDA approved for emergency use and our healthcare heroes on the frontline are finally getting one very important level of protection they so sorely need and deserve. Another vaccine by Moderna shows promise and may soon be approved and begin its distribution among essential workers, and those most at risk. As SF Mayor London Breed said as some UCSF healthcare personnel were among the first to receive the historic vaccine on Tuesday, “there is an end to this pandemic in sight. Let’s do everything we can to keep each other safe until we get there.”
• Here in the Bay Area, we’ve been getting some much needed sprinkles to nourish our parched, scorched lands after one of the most catastrophic fire seasons in history.
• News on Wednesday suggested that Congress may be getting closer to finalizing another round of long overdue emergency aid to those devastated by the pandemic and its many far reaching implications.
I have no doubt the road will be long and filled with plot twists galore, but I find it encouraging to pause and reflect on some of these victories along the way -- both big and small. And buoyed by this sense of hope and possibilities, I trust that upwards and onwards we shall continue to go.