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There is always hope.

Jun 12, 2020 3:56:28 PM / by Laurel Starks

Today is the three-month mark of our nation being declared in a state of emergency, and this notion of "quarantining" began. It was supposed to be for two weeks, and the reality is - it's somewhat indefinite.

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We were good - for two weeks. We could do this. It sucked, but it wasn't the end of the world. We just needed to hunker down, take a "national vacation," and stream some Netflix, until the curve flattens. Fauci said let's give it two weeks, and things would really improve.

Fast forward three months and, well, I don't need to state the obvious. I think we can all agree - hell broke loose, and here we are.

This is what "history is being made" looks like.

The convergence of two crises blending into one another has created a societal whiplash effect. But this is not the first time our country has been this divided, pushing through one crisis immediately into another.

Even though Slavery was abolished during the Civil War, the fight against discrimination had not really begun until one day in 1955, when Rosa Parks courageously refused to give up her seat on a bus. That began the Civil Rights Movement that lasted through the beginning of America's next fight: The Vietnam War Opposition.

But there was a 12-year span from the key events that defined Civil Rights Movement until the Vietnam War.

Coronavirus to George Floyd was less than three months. Let that sink in. A worldwide pandemic not seen in our lifetime, to the biggest social movement we've had in 60 years. In three months.

Every single person I've spoken with has had their own experience throughout all of this. Everyone's professional life has somehow been impacted, their personal financial situation has been affected, and the running of their household has had varying degrees of change - some very minor, to others turned upside down.

There is a psychological impact and response that each individual American has also felt, and it has been fascinating to see how some respond vs others. It's interesting to see where some see failure, others see opportunity. Some see a hill too steep to climb, others see an epic challenge that will make them stronger. Some see no way out, others see all of the blessings they have.

Regardless of the professional, financial, and household impact, the intangible psyche holds the power to our own future.

"Pessimism leads to weakness; optimism leads to power." ~ William James

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Laurel Starks

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