Tackling the pandemic equation

The Coronavirus pandemic has taken many things from us.

The ultimate loss, of course, is that of a loved one, and the heartbreak is compounded by an inability to mourn together.

Many of our friends, neighbors and family members are going through an incredibly tough time, financially or otherwise.

I certainly don’t mean to minimize any of that by saying this:

In some cases, what has been taken from us isn’t necessarily a loss. Sometimes a loss comes with a gain that may not be readily apparent — a positive that emerges, slowly, from a negative.

I tend toward negativity and cynicism, so a recent timely observation by a loved one resonated:

Restroom art, San Rafael, CA.

Having things taken away has taught us we don’t need as much as we thought we did. And it has given us a greater appreciation for what we already have.

As this global public health emergency continues — and with Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease saying a second wave of COVID-19 is “inevitable” here — this might be a good time to assess our emotions and frame of mind.

I am grateful that I have the luxury of time to do so.

How are all of you doing?

What have you lost, what have you gained?

And what have you learned, about yourself or others?

Semi-retired, thoroughly disgusted progressive grandfather.