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KEEP WHAT’S ESSENTIAL IN MIND A SHOUTOUT TO MOMS AND A WORD ON THIS PANDEMIC
Mother’s Day is probably going to look a lot different for many people this year, including me. My mom is one of the most important people in my life, and while I want nothing more than to spend time with her in person on Mother’s Day, I won’t be able to do that. I have to listen to the experts telling us to shelter in place and stay away from people for whom the coronavirus could potentially be life threatening — namely, the elderly and people with existing health conditions. I love my parents, and right now the best way I can show that I love them is by staying away from them, and that’s really hard. This won’t be the first time I’ve missed out on celebrating my mom since this pandemic started. On April 4, we would have celebrated her birthday by going out to eat and then taking a walk along the beltline, but obviously, that didn’t happen. Not being able to be with the people you love is discouraging, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still celebrate our moms this Mother’s Day. If you’re a mom and you’re reading this, I just want to send love your way. We haven’t forgotten everything you do. The connections we share with the people we love are so incredibly important, and if anything, I think the coronavirus has shone a light on the things that are really important to all of us. First and foremost, it’s
important that we do everything in our power to help people and keep them safe — pandemic or not. That’s why our firm, since we’re still open and operational, will be drafting free advance health care directives for medical professionals.
“EVERY EXPERT IN THE MEDIA RIGHT NOW IS TELLING US TO ONLY STOCK UP ON ESSENTIAL GROCERIES AND SUPPLIES. BUT NOW IS ALSO A TIME TO LOOK AT WHAT’S ESSENTIAL IN OUR MINDS, WHAT CONSUMES US, AND THEN DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THESE THOUGHTS REALLY DESERVE ALL THE HEADSPACE WE GIVE THEM.”
presidential election every day. It was almost an obsession. Now, however, it’s been a long time since I paid it much attention, and I’ve been doing just fine. This pandemic, and the season of uncertainty that surrounds it, won’t last forever. Someday (hopefully soon) we’ll get to the other side of this, and soon after that, it will just be a memory. That being said, I don’t think anyone will be quite the same after this experience. That’s not supposed to mean anything ominous. I just think we’ll learn some things about ourselves from all this, and that new knowledge will drive us forward in a new direction in our lives. I can definitely say I am forever changed because of this experience. I hope that it’s for the better.
Conversely, I think the coronavirus has also shown us that the things we thought were incredibly important are actually not very much so. Every expert in the media right now is telling us to only stock up on essential groceries and supplies. But now is also a time to look at what’s essential in our minds, what consumes us, and then decide whether or not these thoughts really deserve all the headspace we give them. Before COVID-19 struck in earnest, I thought about the upcoming
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