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These days, in the middle of a pandemic none of us could have possibly anticipated, I spend a great deal of time on the phone and on Zoom calls with people. This abundance of Zoom is new in my life, but the phone isn’t. I’m realizing I already spent a lot of time on the phone with people before this pandemic, and that continues. Zoom fatigue is real, and I experience it sometimes, but overall, I’ve found myself grateful for voice.

It’s taught me something about myself as well.

We all need physical connection. I would prefer to be surrounded in person with family and friends, but since that is lacking much more, I realize that I’ve probably always felt a sense of physical connection primarily through voice.

That may be one of the reasons I’m doing as well as I am in a set of challenging scenarios. I didn’t lose voice. I still hear people’s voices and often.

I’m very grateful for those voices that connect physically to my own.

Renee Roederer

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