We have been patient, obedient, strong—despite feeling confused, scared and, sometimes, bored. Now is the time for us to show resilience. Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties—the ability of an object to spring back into shape.

Bouncing back into shape won’t be easy. After all, we have changed in our month or more of quarantine. For some of us, it has been a reconnection to our homes and families that we have needed, whether we realized it or not. For others of us, it has given us the opportunity for a reset. Maybe we have seen where our businesses could be more efficient (I have), or we realize that we could be more disciplined with our own spending. And possibly we have discovered that we can be more resourceful.

Most of us have likely had some dark moments, too. It is easy to have bouts of feeling useless, anxiety, a feeling of aloneness, even when surrounded by family. In fact, it may very well be the resiliency of our spirit that is tested the most.

Despite the uncomfortable times we may have endured, there has been some positives. Northern Colorado residents have repeatedly shown their love for neighbor, their appreciation for the community, their support to local businesses. These difficult times have allowed us to show our true colors, and most are brilliantly hued and howling at the moon!

As such a resilient people, we are ready to begin anew. Phoenix from the ashes of the terrible virus we have endured. We are just now learning how that will take place, and prevailing wisdom says it should be slowly. Let’s choose to be cautious and optimistic about what happens next.

Optimism is also found throughout our May magazine. We have articles focused on our pets, specifically man’s best friend in his older years. Even as I write this letter, my husband and I lost our 11-year-old Bassett hound, Mosely. Looking back, as we often do at times like these, I realize the value in the advice found within the pages for senior dogs. Our Moe’s illness came swift and sudden.

We also have a feature on mothers and daughters in business together and the unique dynamic they share. While the proximity of business and family life might be the undoing of some, these women have found a greater strength in working together.

Finally, we have decided to focus on the unceasing good in our community that we have seen throughout our weeks of isolation. We very much thank those positive influencers throughout Northern Colorado. Our ability to be resilient in a large part is due to those unrepentant do-gooders who found ways to lift us all up. Enjoy this issue of NOCO Style and enjoy life as it begins to bounce back toward the form we recognize.

Until next month,

Angie Grenz