Ooohh Titans, this world is changing. Our world is changing. I just last week cancelled my accommodations for homecoming this October. It will be my 45th Class Reunion, 1975! Wow! Now, the plans for the weekend of October 7 – 9th are for a virtual homecoming, due to the Covid19 pandemic. I hope that you, like me, plan to be in attendance. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.
Let me say this, first and foremost, my deepest, most sincere condolences go out to my fellow Titans, who have lost a friend, spouse, family, colleague, or a loved one to the coronavirus. I continue to pray for the safety and well-being of all. This concern extends itself to the many Titans of color, those of us who have had to contend with the racial pandemic that layers itself upon the healthcare crisis, which we all are suffering from. The war on several fronts rages on. We, together, must be strong and continue to press on.
Although, the numbers steadily rise, five million Americans have fallen victim to the coronavirus. Over 160,000 Americans, of all races, genders, ages, and social status have succumbed. If anyone had suggested to me, six months ago, that we would be in Depression Era unemployment, I would not have believed it. Yet, here we are. Be strong, Titans! Keep hope alive! Fight depression and despair. Do not give up! These words, give this Titan comfort. I hope that they give you solace and encouragement, as well.
Last of all, I want to share a few suggestions which I have found peace in practicing. My daughter, my oldest introduced me to meditation (A child shall lead them). Every day twice a day, ten-minutes sessions, helps to soothe, remove stress and anxiety, while giving focus using mindfulness techniques. Beginners may Google “Guided Meditation,” for starters. The old adage, “Every day is a gift, that is why they call it the present,” rings so true during these trying times. So, my Titan friends, embrace this gift of life, daily. If you believe in a higher power, let them hear from you. Wear your masks and practice all safety precautions.
Take care and be well!