This past Sunday, Mary Pat and I attended our son’s final choir concert of the year live, followed by our grandson’s final concert online shortly afterward.  The music at both events was exceptional and left me feeling extremely grateful for the hard work of their respective choir directors preparing them to make a joyful noise.

That feeling stayed with me all evening.

That got me thinking of the virtue of gratitude and I remembered a Yiddish proverb that goes, “If you cannot be grateful for what you have received, then be thankful for what you have been spared.”

Later that evening, I thought for quite some time about that Yiddish proverb and what we, as a society, have been spared because of the hard work of ND United’s members throughout the pandemic.

I have detailed the extraordinary efforts of our members many times in this column and elsewhere.  They were not just extraordinary, they were impactful in the sense that, while our nation charted the difficult waters of a global pandemic, our members provided a much-needed sense of normalcy; a sense of security in knowing that our schools, universities, and agencies were still providing the essential services upon which our communities and fellow citizens rely.

So today, as our universities and K-12 schools have either recently ended or are about to end their academic years, let me express again my gratitude for all you have done and all you will do.  For our dedicated public employees in non-education professions, I have the same gratitude for your work, as well.

Your efforts are what makes this state great.

Be well and thank you for your work and your membership in North Dakota United!

Nick Archuleta

NDU President