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We are all ready to get back to life as we knew it before COVID-19, to say the very least. My hope is we won't.

I hope once we finally come through this, everyone will be a little more patient with others, be a little more understanding that others aren't in the same situation you may find yourself, and everyone might just become a little nicer to each other.

We can all agree we're ready for this to be behind us, but right now even though both of our states are tinkering with reopening in phases it is not behind us. Patience is a virtue.

It has been two months since the coronavirus turned all our worlds upside down, seemingly to most putting life at a stand still. But it isn't. This is just a blip, a huge inconvenience yet a temporary one.

For most of us, we have not lost loved ones to this virus. We have not lost family members to this disease. We should be thankful and patient.

Thursday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a press conference that the state is not ready to move into Phase 2 of reopening. It is time to trust our elected officials, especially at the state and local levels.

I have seen comments that this is all a hoax, that it is not real.

After two months, NASCAR is about to be the first American sports venue to hold an event this weekend. The NHL, NBA and Major League Baseball have all been halted since early March.

These organizations don't lose millions upon millions of dollars a day for a hoax.

The Ark-La-Tex has done a tremendous job of flattening the curve, and while we don't know when the end of this will finally come and we can return to the movie theaters, and family and friend get-togethers, billiard, bowling and dart leagues, Dixie baseball and softball, can we all agree to be nice to one another?

It doesn't cost you anything to be nice. If this pandemic has taught us anything, can it be to be patient and kind to our fellow man?

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