It’s Fall! I think we are all wondering how we got to month of October 2020 even with the last eight months of being kept close to home and sheltering in place, it seems to have gone quickly in most instances. This happens to be my favorite season and I personally think it’s because of the apparent and visible changes of the color of the trees, the crispness of the weather with a nice sunny warm up in the afternoon, and the anticipation of a winter season bringing us much needed moisture.
Although we have ALL seen and experienced a “new” way of living and navigating COVID-19 in both our personal lives and in the communities we share, the truth is we will be forever changed by it. Not necessarily good, bad or indifferent in the change. But the lesson, if we were in a classroom would be to learn from the experiences of something we have never done before.
Take a moment to stop and think of your personal take on what effect it has had on you. Everyone is going to have a different reflection, some positive and some negative and some in between. I believe it will depend on your own personal disposition of how you view life in general. The purpose of addressing this issue to everyone is to once again remind you that we are all in this together. We all have good days and we all have bad days. COVID-19 has touched our lives in many different ways but have each other to lean on.
A few weeks ago, it occurred to me that I needed to examine my outlook on my own personal and professional effects of COVID-19. I shared this with my staff because I felt I owed it to them. It turned out to be a very enlightening conversational brainstorm. I was in that “COVID-19 pit” and until I verbalized it to them and myself, I was sinking.
With our conversational brainstorms continuing daily we have all reexamined our thoughts and feelings and have decided to rise above COVID-19. We have pledged to not allow our current state of affairs and operation at William N. Pennington Life Center to use COVID-19 as the excuse. Just like in other aspects of daily life we must go on and do the job and provide the programs we pride ourselves in and are known for…just in an alternative way. Just like we have been doing since March 12, 2020. Take that COVID-19!
I leave you with this quote that I believe seems to fit our current climate and a goal to attain or at least contemplate…
“Your destiny is too great, your assignment too important, your time too valuable. Do not let fear intimidate you.” – Joel Osteen
Enjoy our Fall weather and remember to do something nice for yourself and someone else. It will do your heart good.
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