I keep hearing that these are "tough times". For sure the health of the economy, of the planet, and of the public psyche have all had better days. Much better days.
Nonetheless, it's an extremely relative statement to be bantered about without context. For example, I'll take 2009 over the Middle Ages with no reservations at all. Come to think of it, the 1930's don't look like a hot destination in time travel either.
Here's a perspective: none of our lives, once played out and reflected upon, will really be defined by "the times" in which we lived. Our lives are extended constructions of small moments, some more enduring than others, strung together from birth until death. The "times" are merely the backdrop, the "moments" are the life.
As my inaugural attempt to embed video in a post, I present a short clip about one of my all-time, favorite, feel-good moments. This wasn't a part of my life but it was for many others in one of my former hometowns, Rochester, NY.
Among the seemingly dire circumstances of the day, it is worthwhile to pause and reflect on the moments that make life good in all times, be they tough or otherwise.