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May 24, 2020

Born for Such a Time as This: What is Your Role in the Pandemic?

By Glen J. Dalakian Sr.

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In times of crisis, we can often wonder, “Why am I here?” There is really no answer for this – or is there? Perhaps all your life’s experience, all that you have learned to date, the ups and downs throughout your journey have prepared you for this moment in time. Tough times reveal true character in people. How we react under pressure tells a lot about our true selves. A mentor of mine often said, “It’s not what happens to you. It’s how you handle it that counts.” So how are you handling it?

The next move is in your hands. What steps will you take to share some light in the darkness? Will you sit home and bury yourself in the news reports or reality TV shows? What example will you set for your employees, coworkers, spouse, children or, for that matter, anyone you may come in contact with, albeit six feet away. What you do resonates beyond what you may realize, and a positive disposition is what our nation could use most right now. Cautious, yes. Discerning, for sure. Prudent, of course. But most importantly, positive and productive.

One day people may ask you, “Where were you when the coronavirus was at its worst? What were you doing at that time?” What will your answer be? Years from now, when people ask, you will have only the truth to tell. Whatever that truth will be is what you will be remembered for. But right now, at this very moment, you can shape that future response. Will you be remembered as the person who shuttered at home in a fetal position? Or will you have a story of hope in the face of the storm?

What would you like to remember about these difficult weeks, some of which are still unfolding and will be filled with uncertainty? Will you be a person of hope who volunteers to help a neighbor? Will you be strong and go to work every day to support others and our economy? Will you remember plans for rebuilding your future so that better days can truly be ahead for you and your family? Those plans are for you to make now so that you can live them in the years ahead.

The good news is, it’s all in your hands. We are not all doctors, nurses, police officers or others who are obvious heroes, but we can make a difference. Having a positive interaction with one person today, and perhaps every day from here forward, can have a profound impact. One act of kindness or one attempt to help someone in need can give our society new hope and pave the road to our healing.


“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” –Esther 4:14 NIV