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“Who is wise? One who learns from every man… Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations… Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot… Who is honorable? One who honors his fellows.” – Ben Zoma, Ethics of the Fathers

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“And so, if we could hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000 – it’s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100,000 and 200,000 – we all together have done a very good job.” – Donald J. Trump  (Anyone want to volunteer to represent that very good job?)

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“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.” – John F. Kennedy

 

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It’s imperative that we keep in mind that this pandemic is not about individual states, governors, hospitals or the federal government…it’s about people. The more than 100,000 Coronavirus victims and  1,600 deaths are people…someone’s grandma, grandpa, father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin, neighbor, friend.  It is tragic that this national health crisis has turned into a political and economic tug-of-war, while PEOPLE suffer.

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Americans by nature are not particularly patient, so it is important for all us to be patient at this time in our history.  Now is not the time to be thinking about reopening the country, now is the time to self-isolate to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.  Please don’t buy into plans to reopen the country by degrees of risk: ‘high risk’, ‘medium risk’ and low ‘low risk’…the virus does not respect borders, boundaries, or one’s station in life.

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“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Dear Facebook friends please stand strong against any temptations to cut short this time of self-isolation. I’m not a health expert but I do know something about respiratory problems. I was diagnosed with a lung disease in August of 2017 known as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). This is a type of lung disease that results in scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs for an unknown reason. Over time, the scarring gets worse and it becomes hard to take in a deep breath and the lungs cannot take in enough oxygen. This is a chronic disease that progressively worsens over time, and that one eventually dies from; at this time there is no cure for the disease. The best that can be offered are a couple of drugs that slow down the scarring of the lungs. Fortunately, the drug I take (OFEV) has slowed down the progress of my IPF since I was diagnosed. However, from time-to-time, I have had to go on oxygen 24/7 when I have had an IPF flare-up or when I have overexerted myself.

In the news, we hear or read about people who have contracted COVID-19 (a respiratory virus) needing ventilators because their lungs are failing, and are no longer able to produce enough oxygen. I have experienced this on a very minor level, and believe me it is frightening and very unpleasant; I can’t imagine what the experience is like on a traumatic level. To give you some idea what it is like to fight for your breath, try holding your nose tightly, close your mouth firmly, and try breathing…most people can’t do this for one minute. Your first reaction is to fight to try to breathe, but if you are doing it right you won’t be able to breathe.

Something to Think About Today is that no amount of money, or 401K, or national economy, or job is worth your life, or the lives of your family members, friends or neighbors. Please stand strong friends against the temptation to quickly end the health precautions that are in place against this devastating virus. Listen to the health experts, read the data; Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Well.

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“Language… has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.” – Paul Tillich

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“Mental health, contemporary psychiatrists tell us, consists of the ability to adapt to the inevitable stresses and misfortunes of life. It does not mean freedom from anxiety and depression, but only the ability to cope with these afflictions in a healthy way.”
― Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed,” Abigail Adams wrote to her son John Quincy Adams in the midst of the American Revolution, suggesting that “the habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues.”
― Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leadership: In Turbulent Times

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