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The beatings will continue until morale improves.

We can’t control what other people do. We can’t control how the virus spreads. We can’t control the specifics of what our governments decide to do in the short-term.

But we can control how we treat ourselves. We can choose to be kind to ourselves, or we can choose to be harsh with ourselves on top of everything else that’s going on. The choice seems clear.

That doesn’t mean we need to go numb out. But it also doesn’t mean we need to constantly be the perfect model of productivity and normalcy in the middle of a crisis.

We can start from where we are right now.

As Jack Kornfield says, “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”