We’ve probably all seen some form of the 7:00 social distancing gatherings, where people clap in appreciation for the front-line personnel, or sing, or play instruments with the neighbors. I don’t know why 7:00 is the chosen time, or whether there is any significance to the time frame. All I know, is that going to the balcony or the door or the window and connecting, even at a distance, is one of the healthiest activities I have seen throughout this deadly pandemic we find ourselves in. So I ask you, what are you doing to stay connected during this COVID pandemic? Are you doing okay? Have you found yourself vacillate between hope and despair? Or maybe you swing the pendulum from optimism to pessimism….
Some days, it’s almost impossible to find anything to celebrate. On those days, it’s more important than ever to dig deep and unearth the gem that’s hidden so deeply in the circumstances. In fact, now more than ever, it seems critical to keep a gratitude journal for not only tracking this once in a lifetime (prayerfully) pandemic event. That journal not only gives you a safe place to release emotions that might otherwise fester and cause great damage physically and psychologically during a time when you really do want to avoid medical institutions, journalling is also an important piece of our history through your story.
We each have distinct, unique perspectives and experiences. And when the virus settles, we may want to collaborate with some of those stories, gather our stories and compare notes. We may want to share our losses and our gains. We may find solace and support when we at last come together again. But for now, I invite you to share here, virtually, how you are coping, what you are doing to pass the time in a time when it’s hard to track what day it is. You’re invited to share what gems you’ve learned, if any, to give hope and to take support when you need it. In other words, allow your humanness to shine without fear or shame. And I promise to do the same. We are all in this together, and together we will be stronger when we come out the other side. You are not alone. Just reach out with your words, emotions, needs, wants, and appreciations.
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