What a year it's been thus far. As we approached July, many of us peeked around the corner of June's end frightfully as the door to this new month began to open. What lurks behind and waits for us, we collectively wonder.

While we can't know what July, or the rest of the year has in store, we can do all that's within our power to make the most of our circumstances, and perhaps even find unexpected good comes from this, too.

Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. Well, if there was ever a time we needed to be inventive and creative, this is it. We've already adjusted, most of us, to somewhat of a "new normal." Who'd have imagined we'd all embrace the idea of learning to cut our own hair (or finding a more capable family member), working remotely like we've been doing it for years, and re-learning to educate kids at home. Not to mention the normalizing of Zoom meetings--both for biz and social gatherings and the onslaught of online entertainment provided by previously live-performing artists.

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As sad as we are to have our social and work worlds change on us so dramatically, the truth is, humans have always tended to respond well to change. Eventually. Very often, this is what creates new paradigms and ways of living. Some of these will probably stay with us, even after things calm down, pandemically-speaking.

Don't be discouraged. We'll keep moving forward and doing our best to navigate safely on behalf of ourselves, our families, and our communities. Thankfully, we can still enjoy many of our favorite summer activities, even if we must do so more cautiously.

And, on top of that, we may find new activities and hobbies that we'd never have discovered otherwise. Maybe like Michael Gibson, you've decided to try your hand at gardening. Or, perhaps like me, you've decided to explore your artistic skill. Maybe you've found an opportunity to spend more time with loved ones--is anything more priceless than that?

So, yes--these are strange times. To pretend otherwise would be futile. And yet, I hope you'll also see the gifts that have along to comfort us during this season. I hope you're finding a measure of joy to bring you strength along the way. If you're struggling right now or feeling lonely. Please know you are not alone. Sending love.

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