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Good morning, everybody. It’s Wednesday morning, April 1st. I just wanted to check in and let you know that I’m thinking about you, and that it’s okay to be upset. It’s okay to be sad.

I do this thing sometimes where I say to myself, “Well, I’m not a doctor in Manhattan right now. I don’t have the coronavirus. Everything in my life is okay, so I don’t have the right to be upset, or to be worried, or to be concerned.”

It’s just not a good way of thinking. It’s just not a healthy way to think. It’s okay for each of us to live our own lives and to be sad in our own lives.

It’s okay for each of us to have whatever feelings that we’re having. We can get in this funk where we say to ourselves, “Oh, somebody else has it harder, somebody else has it harder, somebody else has it harder, so I don’t have the right to be upset,” but I just want to tell you and to give you permission to feel whatever you’re feeling, to live in this time that we’re in in whichever way you can.

I’ve seen some people talking lately about really taking it to the worst level, to the worst possible outcome. I just think that’s completely nonproductive. I think it doesn’t do you any good, it doesn’t do your family any good, it doesn’t do your business any good, so I guess I’m sort of saying it both ways.

On the one hand, I want you to have the freedom to feel what you want to feel, but at the same time I want you to protect your psyche, protect your heart, and to take care of yourself, and to acknowledge that it’s okay, but to not be fatalistic.

I don’t know everything. I just know that this is still an emotional rollercoaster. I have my ups, I have my downs, but then when I focus on myself, focus on the things that I can control, and I’m doing a lot better. I hope you guys are doing better. I hope April is better than the way it looks like it’s going to be and we all come out of this on the other side, in a place of peace and acceptance and understanding, that we have all the tools that we need and that we have each other. With that, I’ll pass. Peace out.

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