I have been speaking these words in my head for the last month, “Death by a thousand cuts,” each time we heard about one more executive order regarding what we could and could not do. Each little cut meant one less piece of liberty we could enjoy. Each little cut hurt — and the hurt of watching our friends close up shop, lose their jobs and worry about what’s coming next was almost too tough to bear.

I kept thinking, “Just get it over with and do what we need to do. We have to get back to living our lives.”

So yesterday when the Governor of Florida and our Mayor decided to send us all home, I was happy. The torture of one cut at a time was over.

Some are very unhappy with our Governor and Mayor. I understand why they are. They want their Constitutional freedoms and they fear this Stay at Home order will impact us and take those freedoms away. I fear that too BUT I know that the ones in leadership — do not want that. They are not boogey-men who are planning a take over of our guns and freedom of speech. They are just making the decisions they need for now. This time in our history is unprecedented and once this pandemic is over and done with, we can get back to rallying for our rights. As always, I’ll be right there with you.

Some of you are going to be rip-roaring mad at me for standing with our Governor and Mayor and I hope you’ll remain my friend anyway. I just feel we can’t keep the cutting going — it’s torture and it needs to be over with.

And here’s a little snippet for you to consider. Guess where the words, “Death by a thousand cuts” came from. Here’s the answer:

Death by a thousand cuts is a form of torture and execution originating from Imperial China.

How appropriate that the virus, the pandemic and the thousand cuts came from China.

Once this is all over with, we need to take a serious look at China and stop using anything they produce and sell in America. They need to pay for the pain they have inflicted, the deaths they have caused and the economic impact they have made on our lives.

Let’s refocus our anger on them and not the ones who are navigating this crisis the best way they can. I may not agree with everything they are doing but I’m sure glad they are in charge during a time such as this. Pray for them and pray they have wisdom to bring us back to a place of prosperity and a healthy community.

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Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives

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