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I was watching the news the other night, and I had an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. Watching the death toll, the new case numbers, the political unrest, hearing stories of our heroes who are getting infected and the heartache they feel when a patient is lost. It became very overwhelming to me and I felt helpless!

Later, talking to a friend, I could put things back into perspective. I realize COVID-19 is not something I can control, but I can control how I react to it. I am not helpless. I can do my part.

  • I am not helpless because I can social distance and wear a mask when I go out of the house in hopes to help from spreading germs.

  • I am not helpless because I can volunteer at a food pantry and help distribute food to others in need.

  • I am not helpless because I can call and check on friends and family daily and shop for them if needed.

  • I am not helpless because I can try to do something daily to inspire hope in others.

  • I am not helpless because I can pray for those who suffer from the illness or for those who have lost a loved one.

  • I am not helpless if I focus on being a light in the darkness.

I encourage you to fight the feelings of helplessness or of the overwhelm of the situation and do your part, whatever that may be. If you have the thought of “I should reach out to so-and-so”, do not hesitate, pick up the phone and call. Trust your gut, and do your part, they may need to hear your voice and you may be the calm in their storm.

I can’t wait for the day where we can have a social gathering and I can hug my family and friends again (I love hugs!). But until that day, I will do everything I can to be a light in my world for myself and others.

We all have a part to play in this pandemic, whether we are at home or on the front lines. We are not helpless. The biggest gift we can give right now is love. #iChooseLove!

Stay safe, stay healthy and share as much love as possible.

Sending you peace, love, and joy, my friend. Sam

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