These are uncertain times.
As I write this, the country is coming to grips with the impact of a worldwide illness that is methodically marching through country after country – the Coronavirus.
Large gatherings are cancelled. Businesses are encouraging their employees to work from home. Learning institutions are shutting their doors for the remainder of the term and adopting remote learning. Sporting events and entertainment venues are cancelling their schedules for the season. When these events will reconvene is uncertain.
For Americans, the worst is expected to peak around the middle of April. After that, things will hopefully begin to normalize.
Who is At Risk?
The reality is, a virus that was virtually unheard of last Thanksgiving has turned the world on its ear. Minimally, it has unnerved many people, especially those who are most vulnerable to this particular illness:
2. Those with compromised immune systems (due to chemotherapy, organ transplant or other treatment that suppresses immunity) and
3. Those with pre-existing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes Types 1 or 2, lung disease, etc., or combinations of chronic conditions. And of course, smoking complicates the picture, too.
I don’t know about you, but nearly half the people I know fit into one of those groups!
Facing Our Own Mortality
The truth is, we dance around the question of our own mortality every day. The Coronavirus simply held up a mirror and reminded us that we are not immortal. As humans, we have been caught flat-footed in the onslaught of this microscopic, aggressive enemy. We simply didn’t see it coming.
Life is Always Uncertain
Throughout our lives, we move ahead with best intentions, well-calculated guesses and courage in the hope that all will go well, and everything will turn out okay. It is my job – my life’s mission, in fact – to help others in my community plan for every contingency. My goal is to help you replace panic and fear with calm reassurance through purposeful planning.
This is a good time to pause and take a look at your own plan for the future. Are you prepared for every contingency life throws at you and your family? Or do you feel that your personal “fort of security” could use a little shoring up?
Planning is Part of Life
Planning for the future needs of your family should not be avoided. It’s simply part of living a successful life. It’s something that thoughtful, loving, forward thinking people do every day.
There will surely be new challenges in the days ahead, other events that give us pause and make us question our mortality. But the odds are very good that we will all get through this latest crisis with little more than some short term disruption to our daily schedules, and a bad case of cabin fever as we avoid travel for a few months. (And you, like me, may not have to buy toilet paper for the rest of the year!)
In December, when we look back at the headlines that captured our attention and defined the year 2020, our battle with Coronavirus will certainly be at the top of the list. Make this the year you took solid meaningful steps to secure your family’s future.
If you’d like some help crafting a personal plan for your family, contact me. It would be my pleasure to help you protect those you love. Simple call my office at (907) 334-0902 to schedule a Vision Meeting. I look forward to seeing you.