There are certainly two ways to look at this situation. The first is through fearful and anxiety ridden eyes. It was that guy at the supermarket that looked at me as if I was one of the ‘infected’. No smile or salutation…just a hairy eyeball and a return to the mission at hand…toilet paper.
I get it. I understand the anxiety…of course. It’s natural, and so much change and adversity is upon us. The weight of it all can be too much to manage. But there is another way to look at this. Perhaps a perspective of optimism, gratitude, and cohesion are due.
I can’t think of another time when our world has been so united in our goals. The amount of ‘sharing’ that’s going on right now is unbelievable. It needs to be recognized. Scientists and governments around the world…typically hoarding and protecting information for themselves…are now communicating more than ever! Outside of that, people, businesses, non-profits, and the rest are sharing just as much. I’ve seen so much of people helping others in the past week…it’s been extraordinary.
Businesses aren’t simply grasping at customers who have gone home…they are connecting and collaborating…they are innovating and adapting to consumer needs and wants…they are helping others who need it more. Neighbors are checking on one another, delivering for others, communicating more. Families are uniting as well, and learning about each other like we never would have. How lucky are we?!
I spoke about this in a recent insta post @thorpe42:
All too often, we lose sight of the most meaningful of things because we’re focused outward on side dishes.
That’s ok…it usually means times are good, and that we’re fortunate enough…fulfilled enough…to start reaching and discovering, tasting and trying.
This time can be seen as such a helpful reminder to value your core, the people close to you, and your home base.
Time with the kids, the sibs, the parents…your inner circle…is such a blessing.
‘But the kids are missing out on school and education!’
Honestly, this forced adversity that kids are going through right now…the necessity for them to be flexible and adapt…the time that kids (and parents) get to spend with family and their ability to learn about relatives and their own heritage, identity, self-awareness…the education they’ll obtain from this could be argued to be much more valuable than whatever was in the curriculum for the rest of the school year.
We will get through this…and look back on this time. We got this! It will be a blip on the radar. You get to choose how it will be remembered. I wish you the best…all love!