“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.”  — Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities; 1859)


My Thoughts:  Sounds a lot like the present despite being written 150 years ago.  With matters being what they are, and all of us facing challenges on a daily basis due to the economy, international strife, and maybe even problems on the home front.  It certainly is considered by some to be the worst of times.  But it can also be the best of times.  Some of life’s most amazing comebacks, successes, and accomplishments are generated by man’s struggle with life’s challenges.  What better time to refocus energy on what is positive, such as life, health, family, and friends?  It also allows a terrific opportunity to reflect on what things in life have been positive over time and what have not and perhaps begin to make changes that will prepare you for when things turn around again, as they inevitably will.