Today, the university shuts down. I receive an email telling me to go home and be safe. In this email, I read this line, "Although we are all important, no one is essential."
It's humbling and strange to think about how non-essential we actually are. Over the next few hours, blogs will shut down (not essential), teaching will stop (not essential), meetings won't happen (not essential), and all the hustle and bustle of downtown commerce will cease (not essential!).
The email communication reminds me we matter deeply, but our activities are simply not essential.
During storms, we pare down to essentials: Go home and be safe. Gather your loved ones in your arms.
Is it hard to know you're not essential?