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Some Things I Thought I'd Never Say...

Posted on 4/1/2020 3:34:00 PM

 by Ken Bartels, Sr. Vice President

...it may be time for a good book!

 As we all continue in this extending COVID-19 crisis, I know many of us are thinking things and saying things that are most unusual.  I further suspect that we will be doing this for a while longer, but, hopefully, not TOO much longer.  That said, here are some things that ‘I thought I would never say’ (or write)…


·         I miss traffic.  No cars is strange.  Crossing normally busy streets easily is strange.  While I will never miss ‘traffic jams’, this current situation is eerie. 


·         Social distancing isn’t all that bad.  Some polite space is helpful in feeling a bit more comfortable when having to be out doing ‘essential’ things.


·         I am trying to limit my COVID-19 media intake.  Make no mistake, I am NOT ignoring the need for keeping up to date on this pandemic.  It’s scary.  It’s serious.  It’salready been life-changing and will continue to be so.  BUT, after a few hours, a daily information session or two, it’s time to watch and listen to something else.


·         Binge-watching can be great.  Find something you like and grab it.  Also be alert to many new opportunities that are being provided to see some things that may not be normally available to you.  Make a list though of options because if you don’t you could binge-watch yourself out of things to binge-watch.


·         I read two papers daily, some days three.  Reading is king and always has been.  Books, online, however, it’s all good.  If you haven’t regularly read anything in a while, go ahead and start and right away.


·         We often say in times of crisis, ‘when this is over I will never complain about…ever again’.  Even though we will, it’s good to think about complaining and striving to limit it.  It’s usually very unproductive.


So, everyone, heed the warnings and the directives.  Be adaptable and open to the changes we all must embrace.  Be safe, be well and be ready for when this ends and we go back to normal.


Normal sounds SO good.




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