One of my favorite scenes from the film "Master and Commander: Far Side of the World" is where the HMS Surprise is under attack from an enemy French ship and a young British officer is reminded of an important message tattoed on the knuckles of a fellow seaman: Hold Fast. I am reminded of this scene each day during our collective pandemic crisis. Although I am as weary as any (and every) one now of the latest tragic death count, fears of illness, worry over my loved ones, and the need to continue social distancing, I keep this motto close in mind and heart. Mainly, because I know the benefit of being steadfast. Who among us has not valued the family, friend, or professional team member who could hold their own, handle whatever work/life threw at them, and - even more admirably - managed to keep going? We have relied on our parents, spouses, children, siblings, teachers, nurses, doctors, and friends to bear the weight of friendship, love, and personal and social responsibility. So if I'm required to stay home a little longer, sanitize a bit better, distance myself a tad smarter, it's of no real cost to my own health and/or sanity. I know I have always prided myself on being reliable, being who people could count on to do the right thing. I also know we can all hold fast and continue to live, work, and love through this pandemic and do what is necessary to be the masters of our own fate.