Early in the shutdown, our diocesan human resources department sent out a reminder about the Employee Assistance Program. We are aware, they said, that isolation and disappointment can cause depression. The EAP has counselors and other resources that can help. “I don’t need that!” was my reaction. I simply didn’t realize how the shutdown affected me. I missed you and I was disappointed. It took a while before I could get back up, get out, and start putting faith into practice. Pay more attention than I did to the signs of the emotional toll isolation can have. Get up. Reach out.