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View from Here - March 2020 Edition

Mike Krass • April 1, 2020 • 2 minutes to read

A lot has happened since the last edition of View from Here. I'm not going to repeat the highlights. We all know about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, what I would like to do is write this edition from a more personal place.

Because we have been asking all our clients: How are you doing?

Out of respect for their privacy, I won't be sharing their exact answers. But I will tell you that I've learned a tremendous amount about our clients by checking in with them as people first, and a client second.

Which led me to ask myself: how am I doing?

  • My family is healthy and practicing the correct dosage of physical distancing
  • Filled with hope (more on that below)
  • Blessed with friendships as well as family who care about my wife and I
  • Excited to rediscover passions around exercise (beach cruiser bicycle ftw!), sprucing up our garden (while not killing all the new plants), and reading more while watching less TV

If I could sum up How am I doing in a single sentence: I am spoiled rich with amazing things that don't come with a price tag.

Which leads me back around to Hope.

Seeing China and South Korea cross onto the other side of the epidemiological curve gives me hope that our day in the COVID-free sun will come, figuratively speaking. (source: Johns Hopkins COVID-19 case dashboard)

Neighbors that used to be strangers offering to help each other out with grocery store runs, supplies and - of course - toilet paper gives me hope.

An entire planet working together to limit the spread of this virus gives me hope.

Winston Churchill valued it over tanks, troops or armor during the dark moments of World War II. He was asked what the greatest weapon England possessed against the Nazi regime of Hitler: "It was what England's greatest weapon has always been - hope."

I'm filled with hope that we will make it through this pandemic. And I hope you are too.

Do you need a dose of hope?

Distancing doesn't mean you have to cut out social interactions.

Hit us up on social media for a conversation, a shot of hope or just to chat :)

Hope is important for my own mental health (as well as Winston Churchill, too). Please note that Hope and science combined together are what the world needs to get through the pandemic :)

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