“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” wrote Charles Dickens in “A Tale of Two Cities.”

These words, written so long ago are still appropriate today.

When you consider the heinous events we hear and read about daily, it definitely would make one think these are the worst.

But through the ages, there has always been so much violence. Great strides in health care, science, technology, etc., have been made that prompt one to think these are the best of times.

The best of times and worst of times have always co-existed.

Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you.” The same is true of cataclysmic events: We will always have them. Yet, we always find a way to soldier on.

Maintaining a positive attitude can be very difficult, if not impossible, in the worst of times.

The TV series “America The Story of US,”” is a good example of our fortitude.

I admire the indomitable spirit of the people who settled our country as well as our present citizens.

We have witnessed such unspeakable tragedies and catastrophes and yet we are like that inflated clown balloon one can punch down and it always pops right up again.

It was heart-breaking watching the series with all the death and destruction in our history and the present time as well. Through it all, we prevailed.

Standing on the shoulders and remembering those who gave their lives for the freedoms and luxuries we enjoy today is heart-breaking.

After the Twin Towers in New York came down, I came across a remarkable editorial broadcast by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian TV commentator.

He said we are always alone, blamed for everything and never get a thank you for the things we do.

Sinclair mentioned the times that America came to the aid of others, all the tragedies where we pulled ourselves up by our own bootstraps, without help.

He closed with this statement: “”Stand proud, America!””

The editorial is too lengthy to quote all of it. It was also printed in our Congressional Record.

Americans are always so generous in aiding others. It brings out the goodness in people.

I’m no Pollyanna who thinks these are the best of times.  But I have not given up hope that things some day will be better.