There comes a time, or probably multiple times, in our lives when we simply have to do what is necessary, even if it isn’t what we want to do.

Sometimes what is necessary is doing what we need to do, instead of what we want to do. I take life lessons from a lot of different places, including sometimes from animals.

As I was sleeping peacefully the other night, I heard a loud clanging sound from my kitchen, and it did not take me long to realize that the crash was the sound of a pan hitting the floor.

Since I knew the only thing sitting on our counter was a pan of leftover chocolate chip cookie cake from my youngest son’s 13th birthday, I ran quickly to prevent our Australian shepherd from ingesting what she thought was a good idea, but would undoubtedly have made her sick if not worse.

And as I thought to myself, you silly dog, and yelled at her for being a “bad girl,” I also couldn’t help but think, isn’t that just how we are as people sometimes too, though.

We sometimes can’t get past our want tos for long enough to focus on our need tos.

I took a phone call on Tuesday morning about how many people are still not taking the COVID-19 issue seriously and are still not wearing masks despite a statewide mandate from Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

No matter where one lines up on this issue, it is apparent that the virus is continuing to spread and nowhere in the state, rural or urban, is immune.

I saw a post on social media by an incoming senior at a regional high school asking people to take precautions to help this year’s senior class be able to have their school year.

“Please wear a mask and social distance when possible in public places like Walmart or other stores. We will graduate in May, whether we get our good memories or not,” the post said.

Add to that the chance to save lives and keep businesses open, and it seems that wearing a mask, though it may not be what we want to do, is what is necessary at this time.

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