"In your actions, don't procrastinate. In your conversations, don't confuse. In your thoughts, don't wander. In your soul, don't be passive or aggressive. In your life, don't be all about business." MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 8.51
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been with us more than four months now, occupying a tremendous amount of bandwidth in our daily lives. For some, even those whose health has not been directly impacted by COVID-19, the disease has become such a focal point that ordinary living simply isn't possible for them. It's all they talk about. Progress toward goals has slowed. Everything seems to be an obstacle.
But life moves on. We still have families to raise, work to do, contributions to make. Are we to put everything on hold until life gets "back to normal", or a vaccine is found, or an elected official assures us that everything is OK? Or should we use this time to revisit what truly matters in this world and what our role is in moving this life forward?
It seems that the more complicated our lives become, the more important it is to have guiding principles for daily living. It's not always easy to keep things simple in a time of crisis, yet humans have been doing exactly that for thousands of years of recorded history (and plenty of years before that). It's never different this time.
You have a duty. Be an example for yourself, your family and your community. You know what to do.