As we all adjust to life today in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, I find myself struggling to grasp the totality of what it is we are experiencing, and what we'll end up facing.  As someone who serves in a role that supports the women and men on the front lines of health care in hospitals and health systems across New Hampshire, I am reminded of something that child advocate Fred Rogers once said about advice he received from his own mother during times of crisis.

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world."

As I think about this, I see helpers in the form of doctors, nurses and other health care workers rushing in to help those in need.  And they’re doing so despite the potential risks to themselves.  They took an oath to serve their fellow man, and they do it on a daily basis.  In our busy lives, this often gets overlooked.  But in times like these, there is no greater reminder of the commitment and sacrifice of those on the front lines of health care, rushing in to help and care for those in need.


Steve Ahnen