President’s Message – July 2020

Since March we have continued to hear the depressing and conflicting news reports about the COVID-19 world-wide pandemic. I got to the point that I had to turn off the television and limit my time on social media due to all the negative news. In April, the virus struck swiftly, stoking panic, fear, and mistrust as its sickened millions and killed thousands. As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on our “normal” and has brought a lot of uncertainty and fear, it brought me to a point where I started to look at my life from the inside out rather than from the outside in. I have never been the type of person to fear things in life, but rather to try to understand the meaning of life.

We can easily identify many of the negative aspects due to this pandemic, but I challenge you to look at the upside. I noticed that during the time of shelter-in-place families started spending more time with each other. People slowed down and were not rushing from one frantic errand to the next. Children now had time to decelerate from daily sports practice, dance classes, after-school care, and homework. People started taking walks, cooking, and eating meals at home, working on jig-saw puzzles, or beginning new hobbies.

We’re hearing more stories of people who spent these last few months helping others and supporting our essential workers. These acts of kindness are spreading through our neighborhoods – we must open our eyes to see them. Take all the necessary precautions for your safety and the safety of others and be sensible. By avoiding one small negative thought that that turn into a huge, speeding ball of ugliness, a small positive thought can have the same effect blossoming into a beautiful outcome.

Be Safe and Wear a Mask, please.

Rhonda May

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