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Keep Informed and Strong

“Unity is strength . . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”- Mattie J.T. Stepanek (July 17, 1990 – June 22, 2004), who published seven best-selling books of poetry and peace essays before his death at the age of 13.

We live in unusual times. How things will turn out, we don’t know. Under these circumstances, it is common to have a barrage of feelings, including confusion.

I have been reading articles about mass outbreaks of war, famine, and disasters. During such tragedies, the strength of community can be found in people helping each other.

Our community has a long history of people helping people, from businesses opening and being supported, to events bringing us together. These things make me feel lucky to live here.

The sizes of gatherings need to be limited during the pandemic. However, a quick call, internet chat, or physically-distanced greeting can help. I take precautions when I am out, but I try to stay positive.

Confusion, anxiety, and depression are not characteristics of being weak. Being informed can make you strong. We can all get overwhelmed. If you feel the need, you can contact the Canadian Mental Health Association Edmonton’s 24/7 Crisis Line at 780-482-4357. They are there to listen, advise, and care.

Things are changing daily, so keeping informed helps. No one should be completely alone. Togetherness and cooperation will help create a better outcome. We are resilient!

Stay safe and well, and think good thoughts.

Ian is a columnist with the paper. He lives in the area.

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