Taking Things In Stride

Posted by Tom Locke on September 7th, 2020 filed in History, Life

Saying that 2020 has been a turbulent year would be an understatement. There are indeed a number of “front burner” issues that affect us all.

Leading the way of course is COVID-19. Unfortunately, close behind it and of international prominence are race equality issues (e.g. Black Lives Matter and Police Brutality). And, let’s not forget the major climate change issues we are facing, the “Me Too” movement and the upcoming US Presidential election in November.

This may be the first time in a long while that many do not look at going back to school at as a fresh start to the year for their children and families.

How do we handle all this? Well, we must somehow take it in stride – meaning we have to force ourselves to deal with the unpleasantness as calmly as possible. Like the captain of the ship, we must remain confident and believe this will pass while maintaining the support of our friends and families and providing guidance where necessary and appropriate.

One thing that has always worked for me is talking things out with those who are similarly affected. It is amazing how a little listening and the providing of positive feedback can ease stressful situations. When people truly grasp that they are not “in this alone”, the pressure of the situation is mitigated.

One positive thing that has come out of this for me is that my 2020 concerns and experiences have forced me to revisit my priorities and what counts in life … and I am thankful for that.

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