Special Message from a Member: Julie Alexander, Great Teams Great Results
“It was the best of times….
…it was the worst of times.”
If you studied English literature, you probably read – or at least read the Cliff Notes – of Charles Dickens’ classic work A Tale of Two Cities. Written in 1859, Dickens’ historic novel opens with these famous words that seem appropriate today. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about this statement as our country, and the entire world, has been focused on a situation we’ve never experienced and could have never imagined.
For many people, the COVID 19 epidemic feels like “the worst of times”. Many are paralyzed by the fear of illness. Some have experienced the death of loved ones. The closing of schools and churches, the shutdown of businesses, lay-offs, anxiety around finances, “sheltering in place”, social distancing, short supplies of food and everyday items that we’ve always taken for granted – these circumstances have shaken people to their core. The worst of times? In some respects, perhaps so.
And it is “the best of times”. Because at no other point in history have we been blessed with the tools, knowledge, and resources to deal with such an event. Today millions can work from home. We can stay connected to friends, family, neighbors, clients through our phones and other devices. We have to ability to “see” those we love through video conferencing and can even worship together, albeit virtually. Students can continue their studies. We can protect ourselves – hand washing, practicing the 6-foot rule, self-isolating. We can order food that’s delivered right to our doors. (Granted, you may not be able to get all the items on your list and you may have to do without your favorite brands, but in the scheme of things, you’re OK.) We’re blessed with dedicated public servants, first responders, doctors, nurses – people who are putting themselves in harm’s way to care for the sick. And we have the most brilliant medical and scientific minds in the world collaborating to find a solution.
There’s no denying that this epidemic is a major bump in the road. It’s a huge question mark, a looming unknown because we don’t know how long it will last or its long-term impact. But here’s what we do know. We human beings are resilient. Most of us have never been tested as those of past generations have. This is our chance to show what we’re made of. We know that this, too, shall pass.
During these unique times, I encourage you to look for the positives, the blessings, the joys that are in your life today. Look for the humor. Be grateful. Pray. Focus on spending quality time with your family and on what you can do to enrich your life and the lives of others.
Worst or best? You decide.
~Julie Alexander, Great Teams - Great Results
Courtesy of Great Days Newsletter