Mark Lonergan, April 11th, 2020

Def­i­n­i­tion of per­se­ver­ance: con­tin­ued effort to do or achieve some­thing despite dif­fi­cul­ties, fail­ure, or oppo­si­tion : the action or con­di­tion or an instance of per­se­ver­ing; stead­fast­ness — source, Mer­ri­am Webster

    As we send this, we pray you and your fam­i­lies are safe and healthy. And protected.

    Our coun­try has been over­whelmed by an unprece­dent­ed med­ical epi­dem­ic. COVID has killed thou­sands and sick­ened hun­dreds of thou­sands in our coun­try alone. And despite it all, we are just start­ing to see a peak in the num­ber of new cas­es. Some med­ical pro­fes­sion­als are even pre­dict­ing a fall-off in the epi­dem­ic. We are hope­ful that we will be through this mas­sive chal­lenge over the next cou­ple of months.

    And when it’s all over? What then? Way too ear­ly to tell. But already senior busi­ness peo­ple are start­ing to pon­der the ques­tion. How do we main­tain the com­pa­nies that sup­port our econ­o­my, that pro­vide jobs to our neigh­bors and to our chil­dren? How will be work to rebuild our nation­al econ­o­my, to pro­vide eco­nom­ic sup­port for our­selves and for our nation?

    We will see. But I am cer­tain that this time will come. And the peo­ple who suc­ceed when we emerge will be those who get back to work with a will. Peo­ple who return to their shops and their labs and to their offices. The folks who will make it work will be those with opti­mism. And with a pur­pose. And with an eye on our future.

    Peo­ple with perseverance.