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It’s humbling to lose your job and then have to apply for more menial work that is well below your usual salary or skill set.

It’s humbling to have to rely on the government to make decisions that will significantly impact your finances over the next six months.

It’s humbling to have to restrain your normal social activities in the interest of public health.

It’s humbling to not be in control, just when you thought your future was nicely planned out.

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What will you remember from this time?

Will it be the crippling anxiety and fear?

Will it be the rising death toll within our communities?

Will it be the long list of restrictions?

Or will it be the time spent with immediate family?

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Right now, it seems as though a lot of things that we usually take for granted are limited.

Our ability to interact socially.

Our capacity to connect with a simple shake of the hand.

Our work, our recreation, our eating out at restaurants.

All limited.

But, thankfully, some things aren’t.

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St Felgild of Lindisfarne once prayed,

Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm.

Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease.

Enfold me, Lord, in your peace.

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No matter what is happening in the world around you.

No matter what this means for your work situation.

No matter how you’re feeling inside or how the people around you are feeling.

Keep your head up.

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According to Martin Luther King Jnr,

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

We’re in a time of great challenge at the moment.

It will test our character and resilience.

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You may have started 2020 with bold ambitions and grand plans, but due to issues beyond the control of any of us, they have now come to a screeching halt.

I know that there are those who are advocating using this time to learn an instrument or a language, but there are many of us who are just struggling with knowing how they will support their families in the weeks and months ahead.

If this is you, know that it’s OK to press pause.

Forget about your goals for a moment.

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I wish that I could say that we will be OK.

But I can’t make those sorts of guarantees.

People have contracted this horrible virus, become sick and tragically, some have died.

And there will be more to come.

Jobs have already been lost.

And there will be more to come.

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Gandhi is quoted as saying,

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

It’s one of those things that can’t be taken away from you.

You’re not born with it.

And anyone can develop it.

So, keep working on it.

The ability to persist.

To grit your teeth and keep pushing through.

The ability to smile no matter the situation.

To not let anything get you down for long.

The ability to keep moving towards your goals.

Despite your circumstances and with no excuses.

An indomitable will.

Do you have it?

What the world is experiencing at the moment is unprecedented.

But we’ll get through this.

There have already been thousands of people impacted, and that list gets longer every day.

But we’ll get through this.

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