This isn’t the editor’s letter I wanted to write.

In fact, it’s not what I wrote. Initially I’d compiled a list of food festivals and events celebrating spring and everyone’s renewed desire to get out of their homes and explore their city.

And then, well, you see where this is going.

I see a lot of people using the term “unprecedented” these days, and they’re right to do so. But that just means there’s no rulebook yet, and for the next few weeks, you get to write it. You get to set the precedent.

So instead of feeling caged (like my extroverted self defaults to), I’m making a concerted effort to focus on the choices I get to make, like…

Choosing to still shop and dine local. Small businesses need us in a big way, and with more shops now offering deliveries, gift cards and curbside pickups, it’s crucial for us to make sure they stick around and to let them know they make Little Rock the city we love.

Choosing to give. The same goes for our nonprofits, and as many are forced to cancel and postpone spring fundraisers, they need our help to continue serving our city’s needs. Plus, giving online is super easy. Promise.

Choosing to go outside. Social distancing doesn’t include Mother Nature. We have so many trails and campgrounds at our disposal here in Arkansas. Use them and let them provide some much-needed healing.

Choosing to be gracious. Is everyone losing it a bit? Yes. Is everyone on the same page? Never. But in the midst of the craziness, look for context. Try, really try, to extend grace and give people a break where you can, whether it’s your remote coworker with a crummy at-home internet connection or your stir-crazy kid who still hasn’t finished their breakfast. Whether or not they reciprocate isn’t the point. The letting go is the point.

Now excuse me while I post these on every square inch of my apartment for when I will most definitely need the reminder. Make good choices, friends.