Someday . . . certainly not today; not tomorrow and almost always any day specific. Merriam-Webster.com defines it as at some future time. Synonyms include eventually, sometime, sooner or later, yet, ultimately, and finally. Henry B. Eyring, an Apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made it painfully clear to me in a General Conference in April of 2007 that the word should never be viewed lightly. “There is a danger in the word someday when what it means is ‘not this day’.” Someday . . . it is never now!
‘As of’ doesn’t cut it for me. Those days are long past in these present times of the Information Age. It is old news, quite the opposite end from someday. I want my information up to the minute as it pertains to the pandemic; COVID-19. It helps to alleviate anxiety, panic, and fear. I have shied away from the county website because of the time delay and lack of pertinent data. My attention has turned to coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html and can be easily found locally on Colusanet.com; just under the centered title.
I am a visual person. The map from the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine catches my attention. Scroll down and view the numbers, especially Total Recovered! Click the COVID-19 Map tab and view the map. We can also drill down to view California statistics and then again to examine Colusa County’s. It lists Confirmed, Deaths, Recovered, and Active categories.
My prayers are that our government leaders can have the wisdom to do what is best for us. That the death, suffering, and fear can be a lighter burden through faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ and that our experiences will better us. And for increased love, that I have no doubt been a witness to!
Eyring reminded me back then that with someday may come the discovery that we are out of time. If we have anything during this adventure, it is plenty of time. I echo that of others and declare that we can make the most of a bad situation and make some positive memories. Good memories can be made in times like this and should replace those that can be dangerous for us. It is plainly clear to me that I made choices early in the Girls’ lives that took me away from them. This is a nice second chance to get some things right! What memories will you choose to take away from this?
My Church is at it again! At its head is Jesus Christ. Pray and fasting have always brought blessings! This Friday, April 10th, I invite you to join us in our Worldwide Fast. Besides the elephant in the room, add something personal for you. Until then, get out and take in the sun and fresh air! Get those victory gardens worked up and spouting. Be creating lifelong memories. My wise sage enlightened me again as he exulted the blessings of rural life. I am also grateful to have my roots deep here in Colusa County.
■ Scott Arens is a resident of Arbuckle. Contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org