As you know, we have been changing several of our monthly themes this year, because we’ve felt that the themes we selected for this year, back in October of 2019, were not as relevant. Obviously no one could have predicted the events of 2020 and the impact they have had on our lives, but we could change our themes and Monday strategies to be more timely… so we have. Interestingly enough, for July 2020, the theme we picked back in October 2019 was MONDAY GETS PLUGGED IN. So we are back on track with our original programming. However, we looked through our video library and came across this video that was shot for the theme of MONDAY GETS REAL. After watching the video, we felt that it was just as timely today as it was when we shot it over five years ago. We all need to get even more plugged in, so that five years from now this video might not feel as relevant. Check it out and hopefully that will make a ton of sense. You matter. There was a time when the majority of the electrical sockets in our homes were mostly left unused, other than the occasional lamp here or there and a toaster or alarm clock. Those days are a distant memory. Now we have power strips in most of our sockets in order to have more access to electrical power. We need more sockets for more gadgets—cell phone chargers, Internet modems, Wi-Fi extenders, computers, home security systems, air purifiers, Smart Home devices, and the newly famous Instant Pot, now with a Wi-Fi option. So, literally, we are plugged in more than ever before. Additionally, we have emailing, Facetiming, texting, instant messaging, and social media posting that seemingly allow us to be more plugged into one another’s lives. Toss in a virus, home exercise equipment, and a robust home delivery industry, and we have created the perfect culture of cocooning and isolating. No need to leave the house, no need to see a single soul, no need to shower, no need to get dressed for the occasion. However, as we hunker down and do our home improvements, two things are greatly suffering… our communities and us. We need our community and our community needs us… especially in times like this. If you are already plugged in, then let’s take it to the next level. If you have disconnected, it’s time to re-engage. We are designed for this. Getting plugged in matters.        

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