It all starts with the per­son in the mir­ror

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - OPNION -

By Ryan Dahlman

This has been a his­tor­i­cal time of so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal up­heaval that no one has been im­mune from in gen­er­a­tions. It has mostly been a chal­lenge.

There has been ex­treme ex­am­ples of greed, self­ish­ness and grotesque op­por­tunism as gro­ceries and cer­tain paper prod­ucts have been fly­ing off shelves in ex­treme num­bers as those peo­ple are ei­ther self-hoard­ing or find­ing a way to re­sell the good they pur­chased for a higher price. As peo­ple be­come more des­per­ate fi­nan­cially, you would think crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity would go up.

Those who have men­tal ill­ness or are some­how dis­ad­van­taged are find­ing it even more chal­leng­ing to cope with the emo­tional strain on a va­ri­ety of lev­els caused by this pan­demic. Se­nior care homes are on health lock down. Chil­dren aren’t in school. How do they cope? Schools pro­vided an es­cape from per­haps some dif­fi­cul­ties at home (lack of food; lack of care, abuse). Af­ter school child­care is now an un­ex­pected is­sue.

Adults are los­ing their jobs. Some in the med­i­cal or ser­vice field are in the line of COVID-19’s fire.

A lot of so­ci­etal recre­ational es­capes are gone with sports, or­ga­nized ac­tiv­i­ties and events all halted. Restau­rants (other than take out) and bars are even closed.

It is all ex­tremely over­whelm­ing as we strug­gle to fig­ure out what to do next.

First thing we can do is stop, breathe. No sugar coat­ing a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. And while it would be glib to say that this was in­evitable or “it is all for the best some­how”. It is painful to lis­ten to the whiny prog­nos­ti­ca­tors who are ex­perts on ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing tell us this is a cor­rec­tion on so­ci­ety and the world much like stock bro­kers call stock mar­ket crashes “mar­ket cor­rec­tions”.

All we can do is con­trol on how we re­act to the sit­u­a­tion no mat­ter how dif­fi­cult it is.

Clear mind. Even-keeled think­ing to what­ever prob­lem or is­sue one has is bet­ter than pan­ick­ing.

Maybe it will hurt, be painful in many re­spects but we some­how need to find a way through. Find in­ner strength, cre­ative think­ing be­cause there’s no other choice. There isn’t.

Maybe years from now, we will look back on March and find the changes we were forced to make worked out for the best or per­haps we made some not so pru­dent choices. Re­gard­less of the di­rec­tion life took, we can all say “hind­sight be­ing 2020…”

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