We share a lot.

From our agreement to come together weekly in the spirit of networking, all the way out to sharing a planet – and the impact of the latest global situation – we are connected.

So this morning I offer as a highlight of our connection and community, an excerpt from something written by Gutpreet Gill – a local principal who wrote to his school staff, providing a different perspective on the current events.

“There is so much fear, and perhaps rightfully so, about COVID-19. And, what if we subscribe to the philosophy that life is always working out for us, that there is an intelligence far greater than humans at work.

That all is interconnected.

What if the virus is here to help us?

To reset. To remember. What is truly important.

Reconnecting with family and community.

Reducing travel so that the environment, the skies, the air, our lungs all get a break.

Parts of China are seeing blue sky and clouds for the first time in forever with the factories being shut down.

Working from home rather than commuting to work creates less pollution, and more personal time.

Reconnecting with family as there is more time at home.

An invitation to turn inwards — a deep meditation — rather than the usual extroverted going out to self-soothe.

To reconnect with self. To ask what is really important to me?

A reset economically.

The lack of healthcare access for over 30 million in the US. The need for paid sick leave.

And, washing our hands — how did that become a “new” thing that we needed to remember. But, yes, we did.

There is a shift underway in our society — what if it is one that is favorable for us?

What if this virus is an ally in our evolution?

In our remembrance of what it means to be connected, humane, living a simpler life, to be less impactful and more kind to our environment.

It was time for a change, we all knew that.

And, change has arrived.”

As we all navigate this new normal, let’s remember the value and utility of this community. We can help so many others, while supporting each other.

Let’s channel resources towards those who need it.

Make the connections that can generate both support and business.

Buy (and if it makes sense, offer) gift certificates for services.

We are so much more the same than we are different. And our community can support others.

Think about the needs out there and connect them with the valiant people in this room.

In or out of Elevate, everyone has new challenges. The way forward is to rise together.

Here’s to our community, and the multitude of relationships that continue to grow.

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