Have you ever wondered in recent months just what you can do to make a difference in these strange and challenging times? I don’t think we can really comprehend the effects, great and small, taking place in everyone’s lives. Now, over eight months into this pandemic, people are getting tired of the struggle and scared of what might be next. With the uncertainty and strain of avoiding sickness, losing jobs, closing businesses, home schooling and the prospect of no extended family holidays, we also get to endure the weeks leading up to a presidential election. Now you might be thinking, "Jim, this isn’t feeling like the upbeat message I come looking for each week," but it is. I wouldn’t disappoint you. I’ve simply come to assess the current state and remind us all of what time it is. It may feel like the time to be cautious of others, the time to watch out for ourselves and our families, and the time to feel sorry for the things we are missing and not able to enjoy. But I have decided it is a more important time than we could have imagined. IT IS TIME TO BE KIND! What better mantra could we have right now, today, than to just be kind? Never before have we needed an extra dose of patience and kindness more . . . for our spouse, children, coworkers, neighbors, friends and family members that live far away. This newsletter is full of simple ideas that will make you and everyone around you feel better. Oh yes, when you don’t know what to do next, just remember, it’s a great time to BE KIND!