Well, it’s another night of isolation, yet I find myself full.  I find that I am not as sad as I was yesterday.  I find that in a society full of people filled with angst, I am at ease.  I cannot, and most importantly, will not give in to depression, anxiety, fear, or anger, for they are nothing more than the weakest parts of me desperately trying to convince me that they’re not.  We are going to beat this.  As huemans, we have survived many natural disasters, and as history has taught us, one day, we will survive this one too.  Because I’m isolated, I find that I’m spending money that I normally wouldn’t.  Now, I wish it to be known that I’m not cheap; I’m just frugal.  However, when we are told that Armageddon is quickly approaching, it’s easy to forget the need to be frugal.  I use that aforementioned statement as a predecessor to what I’m actually trying to say.  Today, I was out trying to spend money that I don’t have on things that I don’t actually need when I recognized that someone else needed my money more.  As I was out today, I saw a man standing in front of the grocery store because he clearly didn’t have enough money to go in.  Initially, I passed him by.  After three seconds of thinking about it, I decided to turn around.  Now, if you know me, you know that I hate boasting, and more than that, I hate talking about the things that I have done for others in the name of goodness.  However, today, I learned something.  I learned that we are capable of more than we believe that we are.  As others rushed to the supermarket for toilet paper, I found hope at the supermarket from someone who couldn’t afford to make a single purchase.  Here’s the thing; greatness exists in all of us.  When we have children, we see our eyes in theirs.  We see our smile in theirs.  We see our expressions in theirs.  We find that they often times take on the same mannerisms as we do.  They are our children, and we are their parents.  You know that the apple never truly falls too far from the tree.  Family, I say that to say that we are all children of God.  Therefore, anything that we do that remotely resembles greatness shouldn’t come as a surprise, but an expectation.  While we all have different gifts, we all have gifts.  It is time for us to use the innate gifts that we have buried deep inside of us in order to turn this thing around.  It’s time.  I see a world where grocery bags full of food are placed in front of the doors that contain people behind it that can’t afford it.  I see people taking others with no car or access to transportation to pick up their prescriptions.  I see people sitting at their windows desperately trying to communicate with people who feel alone.  I see virtual rent parties that are done in order to make people who have lost their means to go on feel safe.  I see the Country pausing in order to breathe.  As we have all lost our way, one day, we will find our way again.  This time, like blades of grass, I hope that we all bend in the direction of the sun for both light and warmth.  I’m hopeful Family that the version of God that lives inside of us will help to make this world a better place. I don’t believe that Mother Nature wants a divorce. Personally, I think that Mother Nature needed some space in order to think about what She needs in order to feel appreciated.  Like any separation from the person that you love, we, too, are thinking about what we can do to better protect and preserve her.  Once we find an opportunity to continue on, I believe that we will all be better as a result.  Perhaps we need to find our music in the midst of the noise.  The still silent feels noisy outside of my window right now, and I am singing my song of hope to you.  Have no fear, have hope.  Don’t feel desperate, feel both capable and deserving.  As I said a few weeks ago, God did not save us from drowning to simply watch us die on the beach.  We are going to beat this.  Sit down, regroup, refresh, and keep building.  Nothing can stop us, for the greatness that exists inside of us is greater than the sum of all of it’s parts.  You are greatness, and so am I….Patrick

As always, more than ever, please do something for someone else other than yourself for no reason at all other than to make their lives better.  Also, if you make it to where you’re going, please don’t forget to leave a map for the rest of us.  Always Choose Love.

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