Thoughts of wonderment in a crazy world

If one were to watch the news, we’re in the midst of a challenge of a lifetime.

[EDIT since first posting this Wisconsin has started the process to “shut down” with a “Safer at Home” order]

If one were to watch just the MSM (Mainstream Media) it is roll over and die.

But if one is a stand up person, it is just a challenge and we’re going to prevail.  

Actually call that “winning” to be more accurate.

Because the majority of reader here are Radio Amateurs – the folk who dig a bit deeper into making communication happen in a direct fashion – most of you already know that we will not follow the MSM and lay down  just to let events run us over.

The HF bands are awesomely busy with people AROUND THE WORLD who are home and can be on the air.

Dickens in The Tale of Two Cities started with 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,

it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,

it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,

it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,

it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair,

we had everything before us, we had nothing before us,

we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short,

the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received,

for good or for evil,

in the superlative degree of comparison only.”   

 

from A Tale of Two Cities , Charles Dickens, 1859 https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/A_Tale_of_Two_Cities

 

Yes, there are two sides, and it is up to embrace either the doom or the opportunity.

As Hams we know how to find the silver lining – how to make the best of (band) openings and adapt to conditions forced upon us by the powers of propagation.

I’m solidly fixed in optimism.  Having faced my own mortality and faith, I am good ignoring the darkness.  Even if the darkness obscures the way, I have faith it will turn out just fine.

Here are the lyrics of one of my favorite songs.  You can search for a video of “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong if you have to, but I find the song very powerful it you sing it yourself:

What A Wonderful World

I see trees of green
Red roses too
I see them bloom
For me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

I see skies of blue
And clouds of white
The bright blessed day
The dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by

I see friends shaking hands
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying
“I love you”

I hear babies cry
I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more
Than I’ll never know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself
What a wonderful world

“What a Wonderful World” by Bob Thiele writing as “George Douglas” and George David Weiss,

first recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_a_Wonderful_World

Keep healthy,

Stay Safe,

Catch you on the Bands, and

73

Steve

K9ZW

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