Right now in America, anxiety is the new normal. And when
you look at all that has changed over the past couple of weeks, it’s not
hard to see why. The stock market is plunging,
and once-thriving businesses are suffering. Hospitals are flooded with
sick people. Airports are ghost towns. Events are canceled. “Panic
buying” has caused certain store shelves (we all know which ones) to be
Even more unnerving than what is happening is what might happen. It’s hard not to worry: Will
I get the virus? Will someone I love get it? How low will the stock
market drop? Will there be a recession? Will we have to lay people off?
Will I lose my job?
If all the bad news and uncertainty is wearing you out, here
is a positive thought to focus on: Maybe those of us who so
passionately believe in the power of community are about to be proven
right. On a national level, it may look like we are falling apart, but
we need to remember that our strength has always manifested on the local
level. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it once more: Locally is where America is at its best.
Read more at In Tough times, Our Community Becomes Our Safety Net