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Pandemics And Thankfulness

Michael is a 2006 Graduate of Collins College and has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Game Design branching into IT/Coding Fields.

While we must never forget the sacrifices of those that served, this pandemic reminds us to be thankful for what we have AND what we lost.

While we must never forget the sacrifices of those that served, this pandemic reminds us to be thankful for what we have AND what we lost.

The Lessons We Have Learned

The Year Two Thousand Twenty has been a tumultuous time for those that call the United States of America their home. Civil and Political Unrest has slowly reached a feverish pitch leading to the election of a new President, Disparity amongst health and finances, and untold loss of life through a pandemic gone awry. But despite all these things, there are lessons to be learned and shaped to this day.

Therefore, we must take the chance to recognize these lessons (three in particular) that can and shall make us a more "perfect union" in these United States; they are the Need for Diligence, the Need for Connection, and the Need for a Holiday. Yes, there is a need for the last one, as well as the others. Read on and find out . . .

The Need for Diligence

There is something remarkable about an individual that is diligent in their work and in their life. This is shown through their diligence in their actions and responses. According to the Merriam-Webster definition, diligence, in the context of this article, is defined as:

"steady, earnest, and energetic effort : devoted and painstaking work and application to accomplish an undertaking"

How does this apply to the current situation as of this article? It's simple really. First, with the Holiday season in full swing, plenty of people are in a festive and jovial mood. They are more prone to relax, and they should, in times such as these. That being said, the risk of being lax also rises. This is where the need for diligence is more prevalent than ever; with an act that is not only beneficial but also very easy to do. That action is wearing a mask.

It's simple at first. Just a piece of cloth or a surgical mask over your nose and mouth when you are out and about. It does get annoying at first, having to breathe through it rather than simply going out per normal. However, the virus is most prevalent when exposed noses and mouths are given access for the virus to multiply. Before you even know it, you are infected. This could have been prevented or at least mitigating further spread by having a mask on in the first place.

But rather than make an after-the-fact realization, simply recognize such a need to be diligent in the protection of others and yourself; the last thing people should have to experience is preventable loss due to lack of diligence, and the realization that they could have protected those they loved all while enduring discomfort.

The Need for Connection

The Need for Connection is not always possible. At times, you can only hope to connect with those around you. All the more reason for the need in the first place. It can be as simple as just talking to someone. This is a fundamental need that helps our communities and the nation to be better than before. How can we bring about this need? It stems from several reasons.

The first and foremost is mutual survival. As much as we Americans tout ourselves for being rugged and bold individuals, the truth is we must be bold and rugged TOGETHER. Even the most iconic of American legends had a posse that helped them out. No man is an island to themselves, rather we are a string of peninsulas interlinked with the necessities to face what comes our way.

The second is the desire to feel loved or to give love. IF this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that connecting to others and aiding them makes us better as people, and to that end, better as a nation. There's a reason the saying "We're all in this together" means something. It doesn't matter who it is, as these moments affect us all.

The third, though not the last, is how this connection can carry over to other aspects. By connecting with neighbors, local homes and hangouts are better addressed and cared for. By connecting with local businesses, economies cover, by connecting with each city and county, the concerns of the community are handled more effectively, and thus, a city is made better, along with the nation.

There are more reasons to have this need for connection, so find out what is yours. The reason being is that through these needs, we must also consider the need for a holiday.

The Need for a Holiday

While the benefit of paid time during this moment is tempting, the need for a holiday goes beyond a boost in one's paycheck. To start with, it is a way to symbolize and remember those that are lost to the pandemic. This virus kills all, old to young, people of all colors, creeds, and collateral status. So long as you are human, you are a host. Too many of our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents to great-grandkids, died from this virus. And just as we honor our veterans, service personnel, and city/county/state workers, we should honor those we have lost in this viral outbreak.

It doesn't have to be a grandiose remembrance, like our Fourth of July (American Independence) holiday. To a degree, have it in the same structure as that of our Memorial Day, or similar to Bastille Day of France when we reach the end of this pandemic. This holiday would be of great remembrance, but it also serves as a two-fold reminder: the importance to look out for one another, and how precious life is to be diligent in saving those lives.

The money can come later, but that's on the corporate side, and we already know where they will stand.

Where Is the "Thankfulness?"

Glad you asked! The thankfulness in all of this is the fact that we should be thankful for these needs showing up. But it's not only these things we should be thankful for.

We should be thankful for our capacity to care for one another.

We should be thankful for the small treasures and blessings in our lives.

We should be thankful for our health and to further improve our health.

Finally, we should be thankful enough to celebrate an end to this, for those that could not reach this point; this is their victory as much as ours for as long as we are willing to do our part to see to this pandemic's end.

There is no doubt that this will come to an end. But if we fail to be thankful and mindful of what we have lost, what we worked for, and what we sacrificed, then we will repeat these tragedies until it's too late. Let's not forget, we must be thankful for those that came before us as well as those in the thick of this pandemic, making the ultimate sacrifice in saving all our lives.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Michael Rivers

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