Better Off Now than Then

Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord.
                          —Psalm 40:4

After their mother died of cancer, C.S. Lewis and his brother Warren endured some miserable years at Wynyard, an English boarding school in Hertfordshire, England. Headmaster Robert Capron ruled by sheer terror.

Years later, Warren wrote: “I am now sixty-four, and have never yet been in a situation in which I have not had the consolation of reflecting that at any rate, I was better off than I was at Wynyard.”

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life as we’ve known it—making me ashamed of my petty gripes of the past. In the future, when we occasionally hit a rough patch, perhaps we’ll reflect on these days and say, “At any rate, I’m better off than I was during COVID-19, back in 2020.” That would at least put a positive footnote to this mess.

So far, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days.

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