Derek here - hello everyone!
First and foremost, I hope that you and yours are all doing as well as possible during these strange and uncertain times. Life is different now than it was just a month ago. Many, if not all, of us have had our personal and/or professional lives impacted by the COVID quarantine. We feel it in many ways – a disruption in our normal routines, loss of jobs, or worse, loss of lives. It feels like we’re stuck in some sort of alternate reality, a simulation of what life would be when all has gone to s**t.
When reflecting back on the last month to write this post, I was thinking about all that has changed in my life. For me, it’s been like the famous first line of Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” While I gained a great new job doing something I love, I also lost my mom to a long fight with cancer. However, I get solace from something my mom taught me long ago – true strength comes from having our weaknesses tested and being able to learn from those tribulations. My mom wasn’t an educated woman, but she was a great teacher.
As I write this blog post, my mom’s lesson resonates loudly. We are now being tried and tested, so what can w