What’s it gonna be?

Every day is like Groundhog Day. Even news reporters report on the same things every night, but now in addition to the pandemic, there seems to be the side effects of the pandemic to report on, which just makes the news all about this infamous virus that will not go away. Yes, we have a light at the end of the tunnel coming in the form of the vaccine, but the virus has certainly taken over our lives, sometimes literally, which is sad to think about. I think for some, in addition to the physical virus, a mental virus has taken over, leading to all these violent headlines and I’m not just referring to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. I’m including headlines like this one, where a shooting rampage went on in Chicago. It pains me to see headlines like this and while I know this one headline may not even be a result of a mental virus, it is just one of many that makes me think there is a mental virus going around as a side effect of the virus going around. Even if that’s not it, a shooting rampage on its own is already sad enough. People are getting tired of staying at home, social distancing, and wearing a mask, but what can you do? Does that really warrant a shooting? We need Miss Congeniality. She would know what to do. She would know what to say. She would know how to defend, not fight. She would know how to get gun violence under control. She would know how to be the job, but how to be a friend as well. She would know which one was the lipstick, but above all, she would really want world peace. Go out, but be safe. Stay in, but fill your mind with positive, happy things. Then when you go out again, you can pass on positive, happy things to whoever you encounter. They will be able to do the same and what a ripple effect that will make. Take that, virus! I dare anything to stand in the path of a healthy, upright mind. Your mind is a powerful thing. It can be the thing that ultimately pulls the trigger, or it can be the thing that brings out the Miss Congeniality in you. The choice is in your hands.

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