Shelved


Last month I had an op-ed featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.


Three weeks ago, I finished writing a new op-ed. 


Today, that document continues to sit on my desktop. 


I haven’t submitted it anywhere. And while I know the subject is important and needs to be discussed, it is no longer a priority. 


The world has turned upside down. In jarring ways, perspectives have been opened. 
Routines, careers, passions, relationships and ideas have been put on hold. Shelved, to shift energies and efforts toward survival. Rightfully so. 


But that does not mean those routines, careers, passions, relationships and ideas are not meaningful, worthwhile or valuable. 


I hope, dearly, that we can see it through to the other side of this unthinkable with as little loss of life as possible. 


That is priority number one. 


And I also hope that the routines, careers, passions, relationships and ideas that have been paused can re-emerge more thoughtful and powerful than before.

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