Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm?
Letter from John Page to Thomas Jefferson, 1776
At a time when it seems like our country feels unmoored and rife with political division, it is heartening to think of the good that abounds in the United States. “Six out of ten households donate to charity in a given year, and the typical household’s annual gifts add up to between two and three thousand dollars. This is different from patterns in any other country. Per capita, Americans voluntarily donate about seven times as much as continental Europeans (Philanthropy Roundtable)”.
Emerson defined success as the knowledge that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the American credo, and we are able to pursue it because we live in a country where entrepreneurship and capital formation are encouraged.
Of our current quagmire? With history as our guide, we will push through and emerge stronger. As Franklin Roosevelt reminded Americans in his fourth inaugural address: “Things in life will not always run smoothly. Sometimes we will be rising toward the heights – then all will seem to reverse itself and start downward. The great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization itself is forever upward; that a line drawn through the middle of the peaks and valleys of the centuries has an upward trend.”
As we savor the holiday respite and contemplate the year ahead, we must take heart and be confident that an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.
Have a safe and peaceful holiday weekend with family and friends!