2020. What a year it has been so far. Our lives changed dramatically last March with the COVID-19 outbreak. At the time, most people thought that with the implementation of safety protocols our lives would get back to pre-pandemic conditions by the end of the year. Unfortunately, this won’t happen. We now know that the pandemic will be with us for some time to come. Hopefully, by the summer of 2021, effective vaccines will be available to the public. If so, we may be able to start having a normal life again with kids returning to school, family vacations, walking around without a mask, giving each other a hug instead of a fist bump and so many other things. The restriction on social gatherings has been especially difficult. We’ve had to give up backyard barbeques, company picnics, birthday parties, church services, weddings, concerts, sporting events, you name it. Our kids lost their chance to go to summer camp, play sports and interact with their friends. On a personal note, it has been difficult to watch my mom and dad refrain from embracing their grandchildren. So many joys that we used to take for granted have been put on hold Along with COVID-19, we’ve experienced social unrest, devastating wildfires and a nasty political climate. All of this in 2020, and the year isn’t over yet. Sometimes we can’t help asking ourselves, “What’s next?” With all of these life changes and challenges, it is natural to be stressed, even depressed. When this occurs, it is best to talk to someone. Comforting words from a friend, a spouse or family member can make a big difference. Knowing that we’re not alone with our feelings can be just the therapy we all need. Sometimes it takes more though. A professional counselor can be extremely helpful in assisting any of us with our troubles and maintaining our overall health. So, reach out to someone. Don’t forget, as an employee of Wildish you and your family have access to the services provided by Cascade Behavioral Health and EAP. Cascade provides free, confidential counseling services. Their experienced, professional staff are just a call away. Look up www.cascadehealth.org to find out more or call 541-345-2800. On a final note, these times have provided an opportunity for reflection, to count our blessings. Many of us haven’t been able to see our children who live far away. While this is difficult, we take comfort in knowing they are safe and healthy. This is truly a blessing. We are surrounded by life’s blessings each and every day, we just need to remember to look for them. How many blessings have you counted today?
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Office support staff employees Tennesa White, Kelly Wood, Vickie Gruver, and Deanna Lashwayprepare to volunteer at a site for evacuees of the Holiday Farm Fire.