|One of my favorite quotes is from Otto Von Bismarck, a conservative German statesman who masterminded the unification of Germany in 1871 and served as its first chancellor until 1890. He said that “Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best”.
Before COVID-19 invaded our lives, people were already facing challenges in their lives, which have since been compounded. During tumultuous times, I often feel like Frodo Baggins in The Lord of Rings when he said, “I wish it need not have happened in my time.” “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
So, the questions become, what is possible? What is attainable? What is the next best thing we can do “with the time that is given us”? Right now, some of us are required to work long hours at hospitals or grocery stores or on the roads delivering food. But for others, we have more free time than usual. The battle we face from COVID-19 will eventually pass and life will go back to some semblance of normality. Yet many of the other challenges will still remain. But what we choose to do with this time will determine if this event will go down as one of our greatest accomplishments, or our greatest failures.
We can choose to take advantage of the situation and make the best of it, or we cannot. We can choose to be grateful for the blessings that we have, instead of complaining about the ones we don’t. We can look for the good in people, and we will find it, or we can look for the bad in people and, regrettably, we will find that too. We can be grateful for those that work hard to serve and provide for us, or we can complain about the inconveniences we temporarily face. We can look for the beauty in life, and we will find it; or we can look for all that is wrong, and, unfortunately, we will find that too.
The state is working closely with the Trump administration to ensure that Idaho can provide the services and support to fight this virus and the economic difficulties we face. Help and assistance is available to those who find themselves unemployed, for those who can’t pay their rent or mortgages, for those that need food, and for those that need mental health support.
Many of the state’s resources can be found through the Idaho Department of Labor, the Idaho Department of Commerce, and at coronavirus.idaho.gov. If you need additional help or support, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s show our neighbors, our communities, our state, and the rest of the world who we are through our actions.
We are Idahoans, WE GOT THIS!
Idaho State Representative