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Uncertainty during the pandemic can add to everyone’s stress, but we must stay the course and remain positive.
Is this our new “normal”? Is this really it? To me, that definition means we have some ability to predict the future. Before, everything was up in the air. Now, dental practices are open. Schools are learning how to teach online or in person during a pandemic. Businesses are reopening—or unfortunately closing. And basically, people are trying to figure out their next steps.
But Dental Products Report® does not ask me to write articles based on my predictions because I do not have a degree in magic ball forecasting. But I am going to do it anyway.
Below are my predictions for what lies ahead:
Am I all gloom and doom? Yes and no. Yes, we have a lot of problems now. But do not forget there can be silver linings in nightmares.
For me, those silver linings include the following:
As evident, I am not a Pollyanna. I do see the real world—the unemployment, the racial tensions, and the election we may be talking about for the rest of our lives. But I believe that we are learning from this and growing both individually and as a society. My heart goes out to those who have suffered from this illness and to their families. But I must have hope. You must have hope. If you do not believe it is going to get better, then it will not. Believe in change. Believe that things can get better. They will.
So stay the course and follow CDC guidelines. Have a virtual Thanksgiving so that you do not infect your loved ones. And don’t give up hope. If you need help, talk to someone. We are here to help each other get through this.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share what you think might happen next.