"Recession" is an ugly word, a sad word. It's a word that strikes fear in people. It's a word that, unfortunately, has come to summarize our present moment. But a beautiful photograph in the New York Times' special section "Living with Less -- the Human Side of the Recession" put that word into perspective for me this morning.
A slideshow of user-submitted images portrayed boarded-up businesses and streets overflowing with for-sale signs. Among them, however, was a photo of a mother and baby on the child's first birthday. Their faces were positively radiant. Here was a picture of the simplest and most all-consuming kind of human joy, accompanied by the following caption:
"Through a child's eye wonder and possibility are eternal. For adults, we must remember that this too shall pass and that we will be the better for it."
It was a much-appreciated burst of positive energy. So on that note, I'm passing it onto you. Have a wonderful weekend!