Herman Hesse once said, “Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go that is harder.” 
Recently, on 60 Minutes one of the featured interviews was Dr. Brene Brown. Dr. Brown has a PhD in social work, is an accomplished professor, author and one of the foremost experts of the day on human behavior and emotion. Here is perhaps the most central part of all that Dr. Brown had to share: “We don't know how to do this. And by this, I mean, we don't know how to social distance and stay sane, we don't know how to stay socially connected but far apart. We don't know what to tell our kids. We're anxious, we're uncertain, we are a lot of us afraid. And let me tell you this for sure, and I know this from my life, I know this, from again, from 20 years of research, and 400,000 pieces of data. If you don't name what you're feeling, if you don't own the feelings, and feel them, they will eat you alive.” 
During a crisis, it is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry. Instead of letting these feelings take over, we encourage you to talk to people you trust, connection is key for mental wellness. Check in on each other - calls, texts and virtual visits all play a part in keeping us connected. The length of the check-in is less important than the quality and honesty of what you share. Your mind matters and we have an extensive list of mental health resources listed at CityofRC.us/coronavirus . The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has also created a behavioral health hotline, by phone (909) 458-1517 or text (909) 535-1316. Please take advantage of these resources because they are there just for times like this. 

And last we forget what has led us into these turbulent times, now when leaving the house for essential functions, we see everyone walking around wearing face coverings in a further effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Last week, San Bernardino County Public Health officials and the CDC began strongly encouraging the use of face coverings for those times when we have to leave our homes for essential items. If you would like to read more, the County’s new guidelines can be found on the County's website . By wearing a face covering, you can help further reduce the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve of infections. Crafting your own face covering can also be a mini mental-break / DIY craft project using a bandana and two bands – or for those with a sewing machine or an old t-shirt, you can find additional instructions on the CDC’s website . By making a homemade face cover, or using a scarf or neck gaiter, it allows medical grade masks to be left for critical health professionals and first responders on the front lines fighting COVID-19. Remember, the best way to prevent the spread is by staying home, washing your hands, and practicing physical distancing. Taking these precautions will help preserve both your health and the health of those around you. 
One thing we know with certainty is that this pandemic will eventually come to an end, and our economy will begin to slowly recover. Locally, a critical part of our resiliency is the careful planning that has gone into the physical structure and economic structure of Rancho Cucamonga. Before COVID-19 hit, we were already in the early stages of PlanRC, a community-based planning process that will allow us to set a long-term vision for the next years of the City through an update to our General Plan. PlanRC has become even more important as we think about the likely lasting impacts on our local businesses, the housing market, and employment, following this event. Your ideas and feedback are essential; starting this week you can share your input through an online PlanRC survey . Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey, and watch your email for survey results and more opportunities to participate in our PlanRC efforts over the coming months. Our long-term future is bright, and we remain focused on ensuring Rancho Cucamonga continues to thrive beyond this season of COVID-19. To learn more about PlanRC visit, CityofRC.us/GeneralPlan .  
We will close this community message, where we started. True courage is found in vulnerability. Listen to Dr. Brown - face your fears and learn to let go, don’t let your fear eat you alive. Find support in your family, friends and the #RCcommUNITY. These current trials and tribulations will end. But the memories will last a lifetime, so take advantage of this time with your immediate family and loved ones so that you can look back on this time as an adventure you braved together.