The coronavirus pandemic continues to take heavy tolls throughout the United States. Indeed, worldwide. The emergence of vaccines and fresh national leadership regarding COVID-19 gives us hope. We can see a glimmer of light at the tunnel’s end. We will get through this health crisis.

In distant hindsight. Let’s take a glance at what we’ve come through as a country: During the 1930s dustbowl (most of us weren’t born then, but we heard about it). It’s where enormous amounts of sand and dust smothered the southwestern U.S.

Yellow fever, Typhoid fever, Polio. The Spanish flu, Ebola, the Zika virus. We dealt with (continually) drought, wildfires, tropical storms, hurricanes. And the dastardly attacks on the World Trade Center.

We overcame these and other epidemics, pandemics, and disasters forthrightly. How do we get through hardships and the impact on individual lives? I have a few suggestions:

  • Let us acknowledge the situation and allow our feelings to the forefront through personal one-to-one conversations.
  • Have conversations about what’s going on within ourselves, our thought process, how we feel about the negative stuff, and its impact.
  • Make self-care a priority, seek help from friends and professionals if needed.
  • Have a vision beyond current difficulties. Seek positive outcomes.

We must be undaunted and undeterred in our quest for a better tomorrow. Furthermore, we need to be courageous, resolute, and unwavering during our battle with personal health issues, career interruptions, natural disasters, racial and ethnic injustices, financial and economic downturns. We can do this! We can overcome personal and professional trials and tribulations with persistence and perseverance.

During my days of youth, I’d read and sometimes hear the statement “Write your congressman.” Of course, in these modern times, it’s: write your congressperson. We also need to call, text, and email not only those in congress but additional persons in authority – governors, state legislators, university presidents, mayors, and other local officials. Oh yes, did I mention the United States current president and the one assuming office on January 20th?

We, as a people, have struggled and survived. We’ve accomplished a lot. Let us remember the past. We must learn from the past, live in the present, and look to the future.

© 2017