[OPINION] A Bit Of Perspective

As we all deal with the continuing impact of Isaias — and try not to believe the guy in line at Starbucks who heard on 1010 WINS that power restoration could take “2 weeks” — here are some thoughts from “06880” reader Jeff Seaver:

I used our bathroom tonight, and was reminded of gratitude: We have clean, running water.

We have plenty of food and drinkable water.

Many in town actually have power in homes and offices, thanks to generators.

We don’t have flooded roads, or people trying to get about in canoes, kayaks or wading through chest deep water.

On top of all that, I can see the night sky in the dim light (there’s no town ambient lighting – the skies are remarkable).

I’ll try to keep that attitude alive all day tomorrow, rather than turn into a cranky puss which is what I did by the end of today.

This is certainly a disruption, a major inconvenience at best. But it does not compare with the communities – I’m thinking of the southeastern US in particular — that have been wiped out, have no power, flooded roads, tornado damage and no prospect of immediate relief.

And we are also nowhere near to what’s going on in Beirut today, either.

Things are tough in town. But look at what we’ve got … (Photo/Miggs Burroughs)

15 responses to “[OPINION] A Bit Of Perspective

  1. Craig Steinke

    Perfectly stated. No cranky puss allowed. Just smile more under your mask!!!!

  2. Andrea Moore

    Thank you for the reminder that it could be – and has been – much worse.

  3. Thanks for keeping us informed Dan. In this tech age gone are the am local radio stations like our own wmmm of years gone by.Actually wiccc 600am still has some local coverage

  4. Christina Surtees

    Thank you Dan for pointing out how blessed we are even when someone moves our cheese. You are so right. We have much to be grateful for.

  5. Well said Jeff. Not to mention that the temperatures are neither 20 below with a foot of snow on the way, or 90 degrees with feels like temperatures about 100 like we had last week.

  6. Judith Marks-White

    Hi Dan,
    Glad you’re safe.
    A friend spoke to Eversource yesterday.. She was told that crews are now working quickly, and that power restoration for many could be as soon as today or tomorrow. Hard to believe it will be two weeks. Just passing along, and I hope that’s not just wishful thinking on the part of Eversource in order to placate us.

  7. Ian O'Malley

    Nailed it Jeff. One keeps that attitude, this headache will be over in short order. And I agree that the skies last night looked incredible while having a glass of wine on the front porch. Even with how truly insane 2020 has gotten, there is much to be thankful for.

  8. Great perspective but personally I would feel much better if I saw one Eversource Truck.

  9. Nancie Rinaldi

    Thanks Jeff!!

  10. Stephanie Mastocciolo

    So well said. Gratitude is key.

  11. Jen Rago ‘85

    I really like Jeff Seaver’s perspective!
    Thanks for the reminder of how fortunate we are in our 06880 bubble!!

  12. Werner Liepolt

    Completely agree. With what we can see all around us and with what we know is coming (Effects of climate migration, more COVID-19 surges, a Depression that out depresses the Great One, Etc) we are going to remember the first week of August 2020 as a blessed time.

  13. Wendy Cusick

    Thank you Mr Weaver
    Finally, someone said it.
    Perfectly worded.

  14. A. David Wunsch

    Try reading Thoreau’s Walden to keep things in perspective.
    ADW Staples 1956

  15. Linda Montecalvo

    Thank you so very much Jeff for this beautiful perspective. Gratitude can be a healer and also help us while helping someone else. A true win win.