With the trials and tribulations of COVID-19 and the recent social unrest that has gripped the country over the last few months, is there any way that business as usual can once again return? What will be our new normal? When will we be able to head out to a ball game with our friends and families? Will the smile and firm handshake at a business meeting once again seal the deal? Can we count on being able to celebrate our faith in houses of worship without having to follow social distancing circles and arrows on the floor? How will our children learn and experience our nation’s history when parts of that history have been torn down, providing they even return to classes in the fall? 

These and many other questions persist in light of events that seem to have changed us all in some way. It is said that America is a nation of resilient people, and that this too shall pass. This is probably true, but we will not be the same when we come out on the other side.

What can we do?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for moving forward. There are mixed messages regarding all aspects of this crisis coming at us from every direction. While the information age certainly has its virtues, it is a double-edged sword as well. You couldn’t do a single internet search on the topic and yield any consensus – one entry will say ‘do this’ and the very next one will contradict that. But what we CAN do is stay grounded in common sense. Take practical precautions to keep ourselves and our families safe. Keep household essentials, food and medications in good supply in the event of further disruption, which seems sure to come. Have the means to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities - COVID-19 is not the only bad actor in this mayhem. And be smart regarding our health and the health of others.

Businesses have been hit hard, unemployment has risen significantly, and the very nature of how we go about our daily lives has been altered. In this troubling time, it is essential to stay connected to family, friends and community. Supporting your local businesses will also help ensure they remain viable after the dust settles. And if we all do our tiny part in the big picture, perhaps business as usual might have a chance.

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