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My late father-in-law was a pilot. He always said there are two important things; the fuel left in your tank, and the runway ahead of you.
What governments did and didn’t do is irrelevant now. The Covid-19 virus

My late father-in-law was a pilot. He always said there are two important things; the fuel left in your tank, and the runway ahead of you.
What governments did and didn’t do is irrelevant now. The Covid-19 virus
is here. We’re near the beginning of a brand spanking new situation, never encountered before. We face an enemy that doesn’t care about nationality, ethnicity, financial status, religious or political affiliation. You can’t shoot it with a gun, chop it with a machete, burn it with napalm, or nuke it from space. It’s like an internet virus, hacking our email address lists, demanding we reprogram our lives or face a major pruning of the human race.
Our society has spent the last decades worshipping big numbers and unrelenting growth – the more people attending an event, the more important it is, right? The more money traded, barrels of oil squeezed out of Alberta gravel, people travelling, the better. Right?  
Ironically, to minimize the viral damage we need to stay home and not
gather in large numbers. The numbers game just reversed polarity. It’s like a lottery, where the tickets are free and the grand prize is surviving.
The people who will help you survive are the folks behind the scenes who have been keeping our world running all along, many on low wages. It’s not only the doctors and nurses, it’s the security and maintenance workers, and waste disposal experts. Give them a smile and a tip of the hat. The farmers, truckers, those who stock shelves and cashiers are your best friends. Anything you can make or source locally just went up in value.
Ironically this shutdown has produced positive consequences, aside from reducing the virus’ spread. Some young Italians are seeing clear skies for the first time, people are reading, making and watching videos, and singing from balconies. Environmentally-minded people have suggested such changes, only to be ridiculed for their radical, unworkable ideas. All of a sudden, poof, we’re there!
This could be the new normal. Learn what you can from this experience because the next wave may require yet another set of skills. Focus on the runway ahead of us and don’t squander the fuel in your tank. Oh, and keep your stick on the ice – we’re all in this together.

Robert Wills
SHAWVILLE/ THORNE