It hit a fatigue breaking point yesterday.
Not sure what brought on the breaking point.
Perhaps it was the COVID-19 email I received from EZ-Pass of Virginia.
I live in North Carolina.
This whole week was full of uncertainty, confusion, and fear.
I received so many emails this week from companies telling me how they are responding to COVID-19.
Yes, I get it.
Coronavirus is a big deal.
Yes, people are dying from this disease.
Yes, we are locked up in our houses, sacrificing for those who are vulnerable to the disease.
But I’m not going to let this situation deprive me of living my life.
I’m going to take the necessary precautions for sure, but I’m not going to be paralyzed by what could or couldn’t happen.
I’m tired of hearing about how scary things are.
I’m tired of hearing how uncertain things are.
I’m not going to take it anymore.
Every day we experience pain and suffering.
Every day we enjoy hope and happiness.
Most days of my life are rather uneventful.
I wake up.
I go to work.
I come home.
I have dinner with my family.
Then I go to bed.
Most of us live normal, average days.
Sure, wonderful memories of spending time with friends and loved ones spot my days.
However, most days, I spend my time doing stuff that I always do.
Maybe we need more variety.
Or maybe we are happy with our lives the way they are.
This morning, my friend Joe and I went for a six-mile hike in the woods.
It was lovely.
Every so often, Joe stopped me so we could admire the beauty of nature that we were in.
This reminded me of a book I reread recently by Viktor Frankl.
His beautiful book Man’s Search For Meaning brought me a new perspective two decades ago.
In the book, Frankl relays his experience living a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
Despite the suffering and horrid conditions, Frankl found himself in, he was able to find meaning in that experience.
There was little, Frankl could do about his lot in life while a captive in the concentration camp.
But he could choose how he would react to his circumstances.
He always retained the right to choose how he would react.
Would he surrender to his fate?
Or would he choose to use the miserable experience to improve his life?
No matter what happens in our lives, we can use that experience as a stepping stone or a stumbling block.
We always have a choice.
Let us choose wisely.