Hello hero,

Yes, this is a tough time. Whether you are worried about COVID-19 or the economy or both, there are severe difficulties in front of us.

And, there is incredible beauty that we are paying attention to for the first time in a long time. The beauty of our shared vulnerability, the sky without never-ending carbon emissions, and uninterrupted time with our families. It’s impossible to ignore some of the benefits that this strange time has brought about.

Yes, many, many people are losing their jobs, and some are losing their businesses. The delicate state of our economy is distressing and very worrisome.

And, some businesses are thriving. Some are even overwhelmed by the demand. The generosity on display from those who have to help those who’ve lost reminds us of what we know we are capable of as human beings.

Yes, our healthcare system has been compromised. We did not adequately prepare it to support us for an event like this, and the ones who suffer most are the clinicians on the front lines that risk their own lives to care for the people in their communities.

And, we now collectively know that the healthcare debate is not just about access. It’s so much more. We are starting to understand that our healthcare workers have long been under-resourced and under-supported, and hopefully, we won’t allow this to continue when we get through this crisis.

Yes, our political leaders have been less than inspiring in recent years.

And, now they are being called to make decisions only they can make, that will have an indelible impact on our future. And we are not distracted, we are all watching them.

Yes, being asked to be in our homes and not go out is inconvenient. And for those who live alone, it’s more than that. It’s isolating.

And this is our moment. We’ve been reading about moments like this that changed humanity in the early decades of the 20th century. This is ours. Nothing will be the same after this, and we all know it.

Yes, just about all of us know at least one person who has tested positive for COVID-19. We fear that we could know someone who has died from it. Some of us already do.

And, the whole world is working on beating COVID-19. We are united in our grieving, and we are reliant on each other for hope and progress to save as many lives as possible.

Yes, this is hard.

And, in the long view of the human story, there have always been hard times. Yet we are still here.

This is a time for heroes. I don’t have to sell you on that, just look at our healthcare workers, our grocery store workers, our police officers, and our delivery people. What would we do without these heroes right now?

Don’t we owe it to them to reciprocate their bravery with resolve?

Yes, this is humbling. And, it allows each one of us to be a hero.

The question is simple. Will you step into your power and be one?

By soberly and empathetically acknowledging the situation in all its gravity, and also seeing the good where it exists, you can receive the entire experience of this historic event. And from that position, you can be the hero we need.

With gratitude for you,

Marcus

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