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So, we’re in very tough and trying times right now. The world around us is changing constantly, it always has been changing constantly. But lately it’s been changing constantly at a very, very rapid pace. It’s hard to make sense of what’s happening, lockdowns, shutdowns, the sun is shining and people are dying. It’s really hard to comprehend all of this. On the surface, outside, birds are whistling, everything looks good, everything looks okay. But we keep getting these stories from the world, globally, that people are dying, that this COVID-19, this coronavirus is infecting everyone globally. And the only way we can keep ourselves safe is by staying away from other people and limiting contact. And trying to save the ill and the aged, and those at risk.
So, what are we to do in this time, when we’re asked to stay at home? The children, to quote something I read online, don’t have entertainment and exercise, what are we going to do? Well, there are books to read, there are stories to tell, stories that people can tell their children about their own growing up. And stories that we can ask our own parents about life in a different time. And we can use this time to connect with our loved ones, meaningfully. Panic goes only so far, and connection goes further. But both panic and connection create lifelong ways of being. And it’s a tremendous, tremendous opportunity we have right now to respond to the situation at hand with calm, with peace, with creative wisdom that we have, all of us, to write down stories, to tell our own stories, and to connect, maybe sit and draw, basic things that we are too good for in our everyday lives, that perhaps it might be a time now to go back to simple things that we forgot, maybe download a recipe and cook something simple. And use this time as an opportunity to connect with what is meaningful. We can certainly choose to panic and we know where that takes us. Or we can choose to connect and collaborate with each other, even when we’re at a distance from each other. And we can choose to live our lives more meaningfully.
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