We are in a test.

COVID19 is testing our emotional quotient. Our test results have two diagnoses — negative and positive.

Are you cynical, alarmed, or positive?

On some days we are all the above.

The outcome

COVID9 has revealed the worst in some of us and the best in others.

Everyone handles stress and pressure in different ways. The COVID19 crisis is no exception.

Some suffer from fear. Others are depressed and traumatized. And still, others are under financial pressure.

All of us are face difficulty. And most of it is not good.

No one has it easy

We have emotional fractures on several fronts. Our emotional well-being may be the most devastating outcome of the corona crisis.

Most of us are hyper-focused in our own struggle. We convince ourselves that we have it worse than others. It serves all of us to know that we are not the only ones in a fight.

To know that we are not alone is not the solution to the problem, but it sure makes us feel better.

We are better together.

The virus has helped us discover the value of connection and being together. The shelter in place order uncovered our need for friends and public gatherings.

We now realize that social gatherings are a vital part of our personal health.

Beware of the noise

The worst is yet to come. The protesters are about to line up. Some protests are legitimate, and others are a setup.

There is a part of our nation that loves social disruption. If you love protest be careful. Be sure and search out the protest organizer.

The goal of some protests is to disclose the governor’s failures. They form other protests to belittle the president. Political motivation is the centerpiece of coronas protests.

Be sure and examine who organized the protests and only help those you side with. Non-violent protests are a healthy part of our democracy. We should only protest if we feel a legitimate need to make our voices heard.

To use protests as an excuse to get out of the house is not a wise choice. Protests go off course. Things can get crazy if the other side shows up or conflict occurs.

The best suggestion is to obey your governor and our president We can disagree as long as we do it without violence.

Get informed

Do your homework. Don’t be a rebel. Be a part of the solution.

Things are tough enough. We need to care for one another, be wise and stay safe.

Orville Hubbard said:

“It’s better to be uninformed than misinformed.”

Do not fall prey to misinformation. Check all instructions from your governor and local officials.

We live in the age of fake news.

The last stage of this virus will be the most difficult to finish.

Christine Bradstreet offered some brilliant advice:

“You just have to dial down your annoyance meter and deal with it.” It is the time to stay calm and make excellent decisions.

Ivy Shelton wrote:

While COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our health and economy, it has shaken us our of complacency and shown us what’s truly important. It’s shown us the beauty and stability of ordinary life. The powerful love and connection between us that we never noticed before.The compassion for the suffering of others.

Let’s not forget God in all of this.

Back in the day, Habakkuk had it rough.

“Even though the fig trees are all destroyed, and there is neither blossom left nor fruit; though the olive crops all fail, and the fields lie barren; even if the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be happy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength.” (Habakkuk 3:17–19, NKJV)

Let’s remember:

  • The Lord God is our strength.
  • We don’t have it bad after-all.

I would love for you to share your struggles during the virus.

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