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Hepburn: We must hang in there and stay the course

Hepburn: We must hang in there and stay the course

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After dealing with COVID-19, people are expressing frustration over again and again. People are tired of wearing masks and social distancing everywhere they go. I am so tired of hearing the expression “I am so over this.”

We didn’t ask for this, but it’s here and we are right in the thick of it. You may feel overwhelmed, and you’re not alone feeling that way, but we have to keep putting one foot in front of the other until we can see the end is in sight.

I can’t believe it has been almost a full year. I can count on one hand the number of times I have been able to just go outside the door for a breath of fresh air. And having company has been out of the question. Sometimes leaving my room was not an option.

I am not complaining, just explaining. I am so thankful I am safe here in Linden Court.

Things are looking up. With the development and distribution of the vaccine, I was able to venture farther than the front door and go to the doctor’s office.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. But if you stay in the tunnel you will never see the light. An old poem tells us, “When care is pressing you down a bit. Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. Life is strange with its twists and turns. As every one of us sometimes learns.”

COVID-19 has been strange with its twists and turn, but we must stay the course. We are not quitters. When this is over, we will be tougher, and we will appreciate things we took for granted before.

Don’t Quit

by John Greenleaf Whittier

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. Life is strange with its twists and turns As every one of us sometimes learns

And many a failure comes about

When he might have won had he stuck it out;

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out—

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell just how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

How we get through the hard times is up to us.

Just remember life always goes on.

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