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There are many groups of people who are facing much more than settling for take-out food service or pining for a night out at their favorite campsite

Right now, it is easy for people to get caught up in what they are missing.

Until just recently, bars, restaurants, salons, gyms and some retail businesses were either closed or very limited in what they could offer. Thanks to an approved first phase of reopening the local economy, dine-in has returned to some restaurants and bars and other businesses have reopened – but it's just not the same. We have to sit further apart, all the people serving us have to wear masks and in some cases, you have to leave contact information should an outbreak occur.

During the closures there was ample reason to complain and in this phased reopening approach, there are certainly still negatives upon which to dwell. Social gatherings are still limiting churches from holding live services and sports fans are probably wondering if they will ever get to relive the good old days when you could pack a stadium and cheer your favorite team onto victory.

But if there has ever been a time for people to take a positive approach, this would be it. Not because it is good for our own personal health and well-being – even thought it probably is – but because there are many groups of people who are facing much more than settling for take-out food service or pining for a night out at their favorite campsite.

A trip to the high school auditorium where school leaders were filming a virtual graduation is a poignant reminder. The Class of 2020 has lost its traditional end to the school year – no prom, no senior skip day, no senior prank, no awards banquet and no last day of school where they relish in their accomplishment. Most of all, no graduation ceremony where scores of families and friends share in their completion of public education.

Those seniors need all the positivity people can muster. Sure, the situation is difficult and there is nothing wrong with recognizing and acknowledging that fact, but at the same time, what good does it do to focus on the disappointment? Why add to the negativity and complain and make a bad situation feel worse?

Congratulate them and thank the school district from administration down to teachers for taking an unprecedented situation and making the best of it. Yes, a virtual graduation on video and a parade is not the same, but it sure beats skipping a graduation event altogether.

Medical professionals -- those on the front lines as it is often stated – could certainly benefit from some positive interactions from people in the community. Let's face it, they will see the worst of this, however it ultimately unfolds in Crook County.

Instead of complaining, offer words of praise and appreciation for the people whose jobs revolve around caring for the sick who come through their doors. Laud their courage for potentially exposing themselves to what is still a relatively unknown and sometime deadly virus.

It's not realistic to completely ignore the negative aspects about this pandemic. But recognize that it is well within the power of each of us to offer some positive words, a glimmer of hope and a thankful word. It may not end this thing, but it could make each day we face it a bit better.


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