We all have to decide these days if we’re going to be a Liam or an Asher.

My twin sons, Liam and Asher, are similar in so many ways, but they have very different personalities.

Liam is often my fearless one. Take him to an amusement park or playground and he’ll be the first one on the ride or climbing to the top of the big slide. He rushes in first and figures it out from there.

Asher tends to be a bit more careful. Put him in the same situations and he’s going to stand back and watch for a while. Often he’ll let his brother go first and then if Liam comes back happy and okay he’ll decide to give it a shot.

Neither is always right and neither is always wrong, it’s just two different approaches to life.

Today, we all face some big choices as our community begins to reopen. Government leaders are acknowledging it’s simply not possible to live in a permanent state of lockdown and are creating plans and procedures to allow economic and social activity to continue as we adapt to the new reality of the ongoing threat from the coronavirus. This virus isn’t going away any time soon, so a new normal is necessary to let us live, work and provide for our families.

The choices of what to reopen and how to make that happen are big picture decisions being made by leaders at all levels. I don’t envy their positions as they do their best to make the right calls in an unprecedented situation.

We’re all faced with choices of our own, however, as the government-mandated restrictions are eased. Individually we must decide what’s right for ourselves and our families.

There are no easy calls here either. As a father and husband, the health and welfare of my wife and children is always going to be my highest and greatest responsibility. At the end of the day, I have to be able to look in the mirror and be able to respect the man looking back at me.

Everyone’s personal situation is different and unique and we all have our own opinions about this crisis and our own tolerance for risk. We’re all going to be making different decisions and that’s okay.

As a parent of twins, I’m sometimes asked jokingly if I have a favorite. The truth is, just like all of us, my boys are unique individuals and they approach and see the world in their own special ways.

We’ve all got to decide each day in each particular situation if we’re going to be a Liam – taking that first leap into the unknown or an Asher – biding our time and using a more cautious approach. We have to take it one day and one decision at a time and only time will tell if the choices we make are the right ones.

Brant Sappington is managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, the Banner-Independent, in Booneville and a longtime member of the Daily Corinthian news team where he continues to serve as assistant editor.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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