Author Jonni Redick: 5 Things I Learned From The Social Isolation of the COVID19 Pandemic

An Interview With Phil LaDuke

Phil La Duke
Authority Magazine
Published in
13 min readSep 27, 2021

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Be a Chain Breaker. Break those chains that bind us to the cycle of shame and guilt. We all had to make hard decisions. This past year has been a place of unexpected moments of discernment and discretion. Decisions whether to let family or friends visit or visit with boundaries. Deciding if you wanted to extend grace to family and friends who are reacting to the pandemic differently than you. Feeling embarrassed and ashamed that you ever had any of those negative feelings about your friends, family, yourself. Making the difficult decisions around the health and death of loved ones that you wouldn’t normally make if circumstances were different. Let’s face it, it’s been hard, incredibly hard. Break your own cycle of shame and guilt and give yourself some grace and in doing so, you could possibly be breaking those chains generationally.

With the success of the vaccines, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this difficult period in our history. But before we jump back into the routine of the normal life that we lived in 2019, it would be a shame not to pause to reflect on what we have learned during this time. The social isolation caused by the pandemic really was an opportunity for a collective pause, and a global self-assessment about who we really are, and what we really want in life.

As a part of this series called “5 Things I Learned From The Social Isolation of the COVID19 Pandemic”, I had the pleasure to interview Jonni Redick.

A 29-year veteran of law enforcement, Jonni Redick rose through the ranks of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) from county clerical worker to

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Phil La Duke
Authority Magazine

Author of “I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business”, “Lone Gunman. Rewriting the Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention”, and “Blood on my hands