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By Carolyn Johnson

There is nothing like a global virus to put your life in perspective. And just a few weeks back, my life changed. I have always been a worry wart. And two weeks ago, I had lots of worries:
Could I meet all the deadlines I had to face at work? My credit card statement was way too high. How could I pay it? I even worried about the weather—Too cold one day, too warm the next. If spring would just hurry up and get here! I worried about my health. That darn knee was bothering me again. I blamed the failing knee on the few pounds I had put on and then worried about how to get the pounds off. I would go on and on and on…
But then along came Coronavirus. Instead of deadlines at work, I now wondered if I would be able to continue to work. Suddenly, a little credit card bill seemed so small to the possible loss of monthly paychecks. I don’t even remember what the weather has been like the past two weeks. And I felt ashamed that I had worried about my health at all after seeing on TV all of the thousands who were struggling with this invisible virus.
I turned off the TV and opened a book that I was reading on faith. I came across this quote by Joseph Newton, “We cannot tell what may happen to us in this strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us—and that is what really matters in the end.”
In the hours, days, and weeks that followed, I made an effort to slow down and not go so fast. I made an effort to find more time for my family and friends. I made an effort to get to work early so I had more time to visit with our seniors when they arrived. I wanted to help our seniors gain perspective and hope during this difficult time.
Having to tell them that we would be locking the doors for a while was not an easy thing to do. But our seniors have come together and answered the call. They have adjusted beautifully to the changes—a testament of their own resiliency. Through their actions, they have exemplified the true nature of the American spirit. And when I’m asked how I’m doing? I put a big smile on my face and answer, “No worries!”
We hope to see you all at the drive-thru this week. Be safe and God Bless!



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