Amy Rees Anderson

Wait – It Isn’t An April Fool’s Joke?!

I was so hoping I would turn on the news this morning and they’d say “APRIL FOOLS!” and we’d all find out this whole pandemic is just one big elaborate April fool’s joke being played on us….yeah, no such luck…turns out its all real…

As this pandemic escalates more and more and the deaths begin hitting closer and closer to home with people I know and have served with in my community passing away and friends getting sick it is hard not to have the heaviness weigh on your heart.

I had a moment today where the reality of the number of people that we know and love who we might lose to this virus, followed by the recognition that we ourselves could fall victim to this virus, all came crashing down on me at once.  It was this moment of inhaling a huge breath at the enormity of the situation we all currently face. Almost like it’s so real that your mind almost can’t process it.  I don’t really know how else to describe it but perhaps some of you can relate to the feeling…

To pull myself out of it I instantly reminded myself, “You aren’t in control of what is going to happen here. All you can do is your best to prepare what you can. No amount of worrying or being afraid is going to alter or change any outcomes, they will only strip all the joy from this time you have. So breathe in, breathe out, relax your body, and focus on all that’s good.”

So that is what I’m going to do tonight. I am going to spend time with my kids and my two grandbabies, I’m going to hold hands with my husband, and I may even pull a few little pranks like putting tape over the sensors on our TV remotes or putting a sheet of bubble wrap under the rugs…

Don’t let fear and worry strip your life of joy.

~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )

3 Comments

  • stan parrish says:

    Winston Churchill had great advice in WWII,
    Remain Calm and Carry On.

  • Heather Vogeley says:

    Bubble wrap under the rugs? Hilarious!

  • Mustafa says:

    Hi Amy.Very True. Life has to go on and we cannot let the fear of COVID 19 rule us. We must be strong and apart from the basic precautions, we must trust in the Lord to pull us out of this horrendous situation. It is imperative we remain positive and let this positivity show in our attitudes. This thing will pass with time.We need to remain patient

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