I’ve got to be honest. I’m about fed up with COVID-19.

As an extrovert, this social distancing thing is not working for me. As the son of two aging parents, my concern over their wellbeing can be overwhelming at times. And as a parent, I’m eager to see my children be able to enjoy the fulness of their lives again.

But none of that really matters. It’s still here. It’s still a pandemic. And many people are suffering with a myriad of issues ranging from health, finances, or isolation. Even many of you are facing this crisis in more direct and personal ways than I am. You are unwavering in your ongoing commitment to care for others…your attention to support people who are suffering…your bravery in the face of uncertainty.

John Wayne said, “Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.” That’s what I see many of you doing. Saddling up day after day to get things done (maybe in spite of fear or anxiety). Your being brave is going to have lasting effects on those around you, so please stay strong and safe. Bravery is even more contagious than this virus.

Have you seen the video of Today Show’s Hoda Kotb reacting to Drew Brees’ pledge of $5 million to assist with coronavirus relief? Before being overcome with emotion, she said, “I also think a lot of things are contagious, including generosity.” I couldn’t agree more. And, her vulnerability in that moment is another display of bravery.

What will you do this week to be brave?

For direct care healthcare providers, the answer is obvious. You’ll be on the front lines serving others. Your bravery will inspire the rest of us. May we find ways to demonstrate our bravery as well. For us…

Let us be hopeful with our thoughts and faithful with our prayers.

Let us be gentle with our words to others and to ourselves.

Let us be determined with our connections and disciplined in our focus.

Let us be particularly mindful of those in the direct path of this virus.

Let us assist the brave and thereby spread the effects of such courage.

Let us remember that bravery is more contagious than this virus.