How do you define a year?

As we make our way to the edge of this calendar year, there's so much to reflect back on during the 525,600 minutes that make up 2020.

Who of us could have imagined--even in our wildest nightmares--that a world-wide virus would change the face of the earth (and make us cover our faces in public)? Think about it for a moment: something so tiny has killed 1.6 million people worldwide. A single human hair can hide 500 virus particles.

To the scary stew of pandemic, mix in powerful protests, contested elections, a teetering economy and it's easy to despair. And yet...

We have experienced so much else this year: there have been births and bar mitzvahs, proposals and car parades, online graduations, amazing home baking prowess, ingenious ways of keeping in touch with our loved ones, new technology learned, the kindness of strangers and the compassion of many front-line and essential workers, not to mention neighbors who became samaritans and others who pitched in.

In the stage production, Rent, a song is sung called "Seasons of Love". Here are some of the lyrics:

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights,
In cups of coffee,
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife

How do you measure a year in a life?
How about love?
How do you measure a life of a woman or a man?
In truths that she learned
Or in times that she cried
In bridges he burned
Or the way that she died
Its time now to sing out
The story never ends
Remember the love...