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What a difference a year makes.

Updated: Feb 4, 2021

I know many of us were happy to see 2020 leave, quick, fast and in a hurry. I had a great year because I lived through it, but 2020 started blissfully. I have what I think is an odd hobby, collecting calendars. I can go back and look at the paradise beach scenes, the gathering of giraffes in their natural settings, and dream of far remote and unique places I want to visit before I die. I also can review my personal growth, goals, habits, and other memorial events.

Reflecting on this week in 2019, I was on the Capital Jazz Supercruise XIII(13) for 8-days, surrounded by like-minded people enjoying the sounds of continuous jazz, soul, R&B, funk, gospel, and Caribbean music. If you look close enough on the video 1:25, you will see me dancing—the theme color for the night, "Pink."

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Antigua diverted to St. Maarten due to a storm at sea.

Many complained about the Captain's decision to divert the ship to St. Maarten from Antigua because of the rough seas. I was perfectly happy because I love the island of St. Maarten, known as The Friendly Island. Once again, I get to brag about winning first place for an event - The Fantastic Race, racing, running and looking for clues on St Thomas. Looking back, stating that I am BLESS doesn't adequately express my gratefulness. As I enjoyed myself, unaware of the crisis on the horizon, causing this to be the last Capital Jazz Supercruise to set sail for a while.

In the year 2020, so much harmful energy plaque our society: loss of loved-ones, police brutality, social distancing leading to isolation and depression, increased crimes, food deserts, and much more that I prefer not to mention.

I remembered getting off the ship after being at sea for several beautiful days and out of touch with the mainstream hoopla; my son said, "Oh! You haven't heard there is some virus that started in China called Corona." - and the storm on land began. Looking at the glass half full instead of half empty, I realized that had this trip been scheduled a week later, I could have easily been one of the many passengers stuck at international ports as the cruise industry reacted to the traveling restrictions imposed due to COVID-19.

I hope my pictures will ignite you to reflect on a good time in your life and find joy in the moment. Decide this year to look at your experience half full instead of half empty.

Weeping may endure for a night,

But a shout of joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 Amplified Bible

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