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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Catskill Farms Newsletter - Resiliency

Winston Churchill - Historic UK


Resiliency in this new normal.  Personal and professional.  It's hard to believe that life is just different now, and the idea that in some day in the near future we will all be crowded together again at kids' events, or professional sporting or arts events, or at museums, or live music just seems like a fantasy.  And that's really hard to get my head around.

As we work our way through the 7 phases of grief, I know I haven't even made it through the first 3 - shock, denial, anger  - and can't even fathom 'acceptance'.  A sadness pervades for all that has been lost, and as I watch my young son, it's hard not to be outraged at what has been yanked from his life experience.

It's been a long time since I haven't felt I mostly controlled my destiny, but here we are, in a struggle that seems intent on zapping some of the spice out of life.  Sure, we will all get on, but what will it look like, feel like?  There are some scenarios where life returns to normal quickly (really, just one - a miracle vaccine produced at huge volumes), but just as likely is a long slog of plugging on, without all the highlights of culture, gatherings and celebrations.

One thing that is true is that more than ever, life is about home, both the physical home and the emotional escape and safety of 'home'.  I've often said 'home' is best defined for our busy accomplished harried client as 'respite', and never is that more true than now.  Stay safe (and if you are picking up woodworking to pass the time, mind those fingers!)

Chuck

"Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old."

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