They say necessity is the mother of invention and you only need to consider the past six weeks or so to realise the truth of that proverb.
The way we do business, schooling, recreation and exercise had to change drastically and immediately in response to the restrictions brought in to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Many of these changes have been difficult - jobs lost, shops closed, loved ones separated from each other, and we feel for everyone struggling at this time.
Our success in slowing the rate of infection, with no new cases in Albury-Wodonga and the North East reported over the weekend, is admirable and the overseas horror stories should strengthen our resolve to keep up this good work.
But that is not the only positive to emerge from this unique period, as Saturday's Anzac Day commemorations illustrate vividly.
Families' annual traditions, like going to a service, marching, lining the streets to watch and enjoying a drink, meal or snack afterwards weren't possible this year.
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As Albury mother Madeline Poulton pointed out, however, we didn't just give up on one of Australia's most significant days.
"People are really thinking outside the square about what they can do," she said.
"Even though it's a different way of celebrating, in some ways it's brought Anzac Day into the light."
Forced to rethink old habits, some have in the process found moving alternatives.
From neighbourhoods in Albury, Wodonga, Howlong, Jindera, Corowa, Eskdale and others, residents have shared Anzac Day experiences from their driveways, streets and living rooms.
Read the comments on the Border Mail Facebook page and what resonates is 1) people weren't going to let Anzac Day pass unrecognised and 2) unscripted moments such as bird calls and neighbours appearing on the street added greatly to the occasion.
While we all hope the usual Anzac Day events return in 2021, especially for our veterans' sake, this year's commemorations have not been for nothing.
Turns out the spirit of remembrance and honouring sacrifice is no less possible to achieve in small numbers.