“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence.”
In these times of mass uncertainty and unprecedented socioeconomic anxiety, I am reminded of this simple quote that hangs on a wall in my office at Greenspring Media, the multimedia company behind Minnesota Monthly. Despite the fact that, like many of you, my new office is at my dining room table across town, these words scream out to me louder now than perhaps ever before.
And that’s why I wanted to share them with you.
I wanted to remind you that both personally and professionally, we, our neighbors, and our colleagues have overcome obstacles. In the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity, we come out on the other side—stronger, wiser, more capable of conquering even greater foes in the future.
Don’t get me wrong; I am no Pollyanna. I, too, am incredibly concerned about the COVID-19 virus and how it will continue to change our lives in the future. We at Greenspring Media are watching and listening to the fluid changes within our community, our state, our country, our world. We ache for our travel and tourism colleagues that we so diligently serve. Our heart breaks for our friends and colleagues in the hospitality sector. We hunger for ways to help our healthcare professionals and institutions.
Yet our hearts are simultaneously filled with gratitude for those on the front lines, particularly Minnesota’s healthcare community—the doctors, nurses, and all the medical staff who are working tirelessly, putting themselves in harm’s way to care for those who are ill. Minnesota’s world-class medical community is a blessing to all of us.
True heroes have emerged during this pandemic. Thank you to those in our grocery stores, our pharmacies, our hardware stores, and other essential retail locations that have kept your stores open, stocked the shelves in the middle of the night, and were patient with us as we kept asking when the next shipment of toilet paper would arrive. To those behind the scenes, the truck drivers, our mail carriers, who continue to operate business-as-usual so that we can maintain some sense of normalcy. And, of course, to all the first responders, who, by the very nature of their jobs, are always on the front lines.
We already knew teachers were among our unsung heroes, along with healthcare professionals, but we are reminded of their commitment to our children during our shelter-in-place quarantines. The creative ways they have engaged our children with online learning, and the stories of caravans of teachers driving through neighborhoods to show their support of their students, are simply amazing.
No doubt, you are one of the many doing your part as well. Whether you are participating by decorating your windows, drawing uplifting messages and pictures on your driveways and sidewalks, using social media to help those in your neighborhood in need, or simply stocking your Little Free Library with necessities, you are embodying the spirit of Minnesota.
For over five decades, Minnesota Monthly has been blessed to share the stories that define our state—our greatest triumphs and tragedies—and we remain committed to serving you and helping in any way we can. We are here for you. Stay strong.