Steve Eighinger

Waiting to use that Simon and Garfunkel quote

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 16, 2020 4:00 pm Updated: Jul. 16, 2020 4:09 pm

Let's be honest. We are living in an incredibly frustrating time.

I don't think anyone would question that observation. If you do, please let me in on your secret and why you are not upset by the daily dose of exasperation and/or annoyance provided by this seemingly never-ending pandemic.

The other day I stumbled across some famous quotes that I think capture what we've all been experiencing and feeling since mid-March.

See if you agree:

"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today." — Will Rogers, humorist and commentator.

My thought: Sure, we'd all love to return the world we were enjoying shortly before St. Patrick's Day, but it's not going to happen. We simply need to keep pushing forward, and at some point the finish line will be reached — even though it is not currently within sight.

"People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." — Rob Siltanen, creative marketing expert.

My thought: I remain confident there is someone out there who is getting close to some magic formula that will benefit us all. I thoroughly believe a year from now we'll be able to look back with an incredible sense of relief — and accomplishment — that we made it through this turbulent time.

"We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated." — Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist and civil rights activist.

My comment: I don't think I could improve on those words. And I believe every one of them.

"There are years that ask questions and years that answer." — Zora Neale Hurston, author of "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

My comment: Right, now we're still in the former, but reaching for the latter.

"That is one good thing about this world ... there are always sure to be more springs." — L.M. Montgomery, author of "Anne of Avonlea."

My comment: I am so looking forward to the spring of 2021. If we haven't got a cure by that time, it should be mighty close.

"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." — Babe Ruth.

My comment: At this point, I think those very words are likely inscribed on the heart of every scientist.

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." — Thomas A. Edison.

My comment: Those words, too.

"I've got nothing to do today but smile." — Simon and Garfunkel.

My comment: I'm saving this thought for the day that COVID-19 vaccine is finally discovered.