We never really know what the future holds.
Life can quickly change very unexpectantly.
A microscopic virus, a cousin of the common cold, killed thousands, crippled the economy, and confound the nations of the world.
Its manner of spreading, coughing and sneezing, and its manner of abatement, handwashing, simple.
A deadly plague brings us low, thus far without treatment or cure.
The economy that politicians crowed about and most of us took for granted, suddenly crashed with millions on unemployment and small businesses crushed. Many will not re-open.
Our manner of shopping has been altered; grocery stores are overcrowded. Most other businesses closed. Amazon and delivery services, overwhelmed.
We were caught flat-footed. Our nation and our states were overwhelmed and confused. They were not ready and their responses were mixed, at best.
The shortcomings of our various levels of government and its agencies and their lack of coordination were on full display.
The weaknesses in our supply chain, made essential items, difficult to acquire.
I hope we have learned.
Congress squabbled over relief packages and presidential briefings became campaign rallies. Somethings never change!
Relationships and Character
The real heroes surfaced and they have been overlooked for too long.
The crisis revealed weaknesses and strengths. So many acts of kindness among so many deficiencies.
Many of us had to learn to live with ourselves without the identity of our workplace role.
We also had to learn to live with each other.