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Finding the Silver Lining in a Black Cloud:
Impact of COVID-19 on My Life and Practice

By Joseph Smith, DPM, PPMA Past-President 2013-2014

What a tumultuous time these past few months have been! Our entire world has seemingly turned upside down overnight. What better opportunity to revisit Charles Dickens and arguably the best opening paragraph ever written: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” Finding the silver lining in the cloud of losing the independence and freedom we have become accustomed to hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would be.

For years, I have fantasized about working at a less frenetic pace, carving more time to spend with the kids, getting in shape, and becoming more active in the community. With the imposition of ‘stay at home’ orders and social distancing, I now magically have time to do all those things. The irony is that it took a deadly pandemic to make it happen.


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