By Henry Gornbein
On May 27, I added another notch to my tree of life, as I am #GracefullyGreying and #livinglifefully.
May 27th was my most surreal birthday - ever. Like you, I have been homebound for months now, and am doing everything possible to stay safe and socially distant. I take the Coronavirus very seriously.
Sadly, on May 27th, the United States reached a horrible milestone by recording at least 100,000 deaths due to Coronavirus.
We are going through some very trying and traumatic times due to the pandemic, and the severe economic impact that it is having on all of our lives. Watching the news is like watching a horror show.
These are very sad times. There is a rise in hatred and intolerance in our country. African Americans are being killed by police and others because of the color of their skin. There is also a rise in threats and crimes against different religious and ethnic groups. People are not listening to each other. Rhetoric has become more and more distorted and heated. The political climate is hitting a new low, and this is before our presidential election year has reached its final stages.
We are frightened, which is understandable.
As I look back on my birthday and what is going on, I ask that our viewers take a moment and reflect on the lives being lost due to Covid-19, brutality, and intolerance. Take stock of what you are saying, and look for the good in people. Life is short and precious and we cannot lose sight of that fact. Look for ways to live your lives fully and kindly. Think before you speak or tweet.
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