Like others of you, my organization was hit hard by COVID-19. The nightmare we had hoped to avoid became reality and we fought our way through it. We battled to save our elders and, to do so, also battled to save our staff, acquire PPE, acquire testing, and so much more. There was a period of about two endless months when we wondered if we would ever see light again.

The good news for us, and I know for some of you as well, is that we have stabilized. Our buildings are COVID-free, or perhaps close to that. Staff has recovered and we have been able to acquire adequate PPE and, for the most part, adequate testing.

The bad news is that this is not over. We have not reached the endpoint or crossed the finish line. This is not our new normal. It is not pre-COVID, it is not (for some of us) in the midst of COVID but the enemy has not been defeated. This we all know.

As I’ve thought about this, I’ve thought that we will win this war through endurance, we will win it with our long-game and being as alert and vigilant now as we were at the beginning. And that’s not easy. I know that many of us are just plain tired. We are tired of being anxious about the impact of this virus.  We are tired of struggling to do everything we need to do to help our elders. We are tired of keeping our elders isolated and away from friends and family. We are tired of worrying about the future of our organizations and how we will survive. It’s not one thing, it is everything.

Endurance is key to our success, both as it applies to our emotional stamina as well as our physical endurance. We don’t have to be pillars of strength at every moment and we must give ourselves some breathing room when we need it. But when we come back to our organizations, come back to lead, we have to remember that we are in this for the long-haul and that we are in it together. We are, as I like to say, in it to win it for our elders and for our future. Stay strong.