Recently, I published two articles about the CORONA VIRUS pandemic on LI and here on The first is titled, Now What? and the second, Back to What? In Now What? I mentioned the healthcare workers but, lost in a stream of consciousness at the time, I failed to mention the contributions made by first responders, fire fighters and police. I regret that I did. But here and now, I remember them.

Alongside healthcare workers, and especially in New York, all these brave men and women put their lives on the line every day, everywhere. Mind you, that they are brave does not mean they do not feel fear; they do. They fight on for a town, a city, a state and a nation under siege. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

 It is their duty to serve, save, rescue, secure and to protect, that gets them out of bed in the morning to do it all over again. Without them the hope that, “this too shall pass” could be unfortunately delayed or worse, lost.

Like you and I, they have families. Unlike you and I, their family’s concerns literally hit home. After being out in the front lines in this war against COVID-19, these warriors must return to their families.

I am mindful that these families, like yours and mine, are already scared and anxious. But they now must welcome home a loved one whose job or duty exposes them to a higher risk of being infected with the virus. They return tired, stressed, anxious, still scared and concern about being safe and healthy in their own homes. Still, they fight on.

Day in and day out, these brave warriors are in the front line fighting for us and for their own families. Let us salute them all and say a special prayer for them and their families.  Thank them when you see them. They are heroes.

Let us all continue to do our part. Let’s hope and pray that this too shall pass sooner, rather than later. I believe it will. Thanx.

It’s Now O’ Clock. Being Mindful … it Always is.

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