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Notes from Steve

April 20, 2020

Every day is different.  Every day presents a potentially different path, another fork … another choice.  Whether it’s the big perspective on how we are going to come out of this and what are we going to do when that happens or something as small as personal choices at home - our perspectives towards shopping local, hand washing, personal space; the list is endless.   

Perspective.  It’s hard for most of us to appreciate the current situation.  Most of us didn’t go through the depression; most of us didn’t go off to wars or live through situations of panic or displacement.  Most of us have had a pretty great, carefree life that hasn’t been disrupted.  (I know I’ll get kickback from this statement and people will tell me that their life hasn’t always been a bed of roses, ok, but nothing like this has ever happened - probably - in your life.)  When I think of the examples - I think of the refugee crisis in Vietnam in the 70’s, I think of my friends who had to be isolated after bone marrow transplants or heart transplants.  I think of the Jewish people and the horror they encountered in the 30’s and 40’s in Europe … and unfortunately - many, many more examples, too numerous to mention exist - just in the last 100 years … What we are experiencing NOW is really nothing compared to what has happened before. 

So perspective.  We are not (currently and hopefully, ever) in a hot spot for the virus.  Yes, we have been impacted and our lives have been affected and changed.  But - when this crisis is over, and it will be soon, instead of jumping right back into our lives as if these months didn’t exist - how are we, YOU, going to reflect, appreciate and change for the better?

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