Stay Strong


They say that this week will be one of the hardest and saddest for America.  And that well may be.  We need to keep our faculties about us and understand that we need to be stable and supportive.  There are some things we must keep in mind.

We did not cause the pandemic that we face today.  And we could not have stopped it either.  If anyone could have seen this happening before its initial outbreak, then someone would also be winning the power ball each week.  The truth is no one can accurately see the future.

Many will want to blame, and yet there is no one here on which to pin the blame. There will be time to ponder what-ifs later.  That is for another talk.  This week we have better things we need to be doing. 

We may lose some good folks this week.  We need to remember them.  Think of the good those leaving us may have done, and how much better someone’s life was because they made it so.  I always pray their good deeds remain not forgotten and that they find themselves welcomed wherever they go from here.

I know the fight we face right now to save who we can, will be hard and painful.  I know the odds seem stacked against us.  Yet, I believe we will do the best we can and put our full mental and emotional weight behind the brave angels who fill our medical battlefields and tend to the sick and terminal.

We need to stay strong for those in the heat of battle. We need to believe that miracles, although rare, are never impossible.  We also must care for our needs and those around us, so we are ready if needed.

We have faced hardships before, that is how most of our countries came to be what they are today.  The pandemic is one more hardship that we face and will be better because we refused to let it beat us.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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