Challenge & Controversy

Quote of the day:
“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.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let’s think about that quote for a minute and how that applies to us. The struggles of our current society and world are what will define us. Global warming, wastefulness, debt, etc… there are so many problems staring us in the face. Though this first week of the challenge I will be focusing a lot on how to deal with the Coronavirus situation, there are many things we can do that will help the environment and apply to both life during and after the Coronavirus.

COVID-19 is a global pandemic and is impacting everything from schools closing to professional sports ending their seasons early. We are being asked to stay home and self-isolate. “Social distancing” is the popular phrase for the request. Stay home to help stop the spread. The more people are out and about, the more the virus spreads. It is as simple as that.

I saw a meme today stating something to the effect of “You’re grandfathers were asked to go to war, you are being asked to sit on your couch. You’ve got this.”

This is exactly what I’m getting at with this challenge. We need to study and learn from the original Greatest Generation. They were able to do great things because they rallied together in the time of need. They did what was best for the many and stepped up when they needed to.

Aside from boredom and lack of social interaction, being asked to partake in “social distancing” is nothing. You’ve got the internet, Netflix, and the newest Star Wars- Rise of Skywalker available to you. You are not being asked to ship off to war. Please remember that.

During this time of challenge and controversy, please do not hoard groceries, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper. The original Greatest Generation had a food rationing system based on the number of people living in your house and their ages. They were allotted enough, but not an abundance. They survived and thrived on these limitations.

Let’s prove we can do the same. You can live without some luxuries you’re used to. Or, you make adjustments to your lifestyle and move on. Usually the “greener” and reusable options of products are usually still readily available while their convenience/ disposable counterparts are sold out.

Be willing to look outside the box and find solutions to your seemingly “big” problems. Look for reusable/ green options when shopping. Shop local, and shop small when possible. Supporting your neighbor is always better then a $$$$$ company. Challenge for today: Find ways to support your local economy while still practicing social distancing.

So, in this time of challenge and controversy, what are you doing to help?

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