Another day gone, but who’s counting. Well, actually, I am. And you are too. Come on. Admit it. You are watching the edicts and, like riding in an elevator, watching our seclusion rise to another level. A couple of weeks is turning into another month, and who knows what will happen then.
We are all thinking ” I can’t wait for this to be over so we can return to normal”. Well, guess what. I don’t think there is a normal anymore. At least not the one we remember. The one we had a few weeks ago. Too much has happened. Too much has changed. Lives have been rearranged. Lifestyles have been altered. When this is over, and it will be, sometime, we will instinctively hold onto that which we have adapted to that has improved or favorably made a difference.
Every day we all see the doom and gloom of our existence. Forced isolation. Favorite foods, favorite restaurants, favorite pastimes, suspended. They are still there, but we can’t touch them. They are ‘used to be’. They are yesterday, But we don’t live there anymore. We live in an environment of denial. We are learning, again, to live with less. We are starting to remember that what we want is not as important as what we need. And what we have is very valuable. Because it redefines wealth. We are rich, even today. We have been given another chance to look around us and analyze what is important. Not only to us, but to our neighbors, our friends, and our loved ones. We are experiencing a wake up call that says reality is not always pleasant. It is not always easy, And it is certainly not ours by choice.
But here is what is ours by choice. We can choose to display the common sense that we all possess. We can dust off our compassion for those that are having a tougher time then we are, real or imagined. We can remember that this is not a ‘me’ situation. It is an ‘us’ situation. Me isn’t going to fix it. Us will. We can choose to focus on the positive. Hard to do with the TV on, but not impossible. We can recognize the ground swell of outreach that is sweeping our country. We can be a part of that. We can continue to smile. It is said that the true test of a man is his ability to smile when he wants to cry. His ability to hold out his hand to another when he only wants someone to hold his. To give of himself when he too is suffering.
We are there today. We will be there tomorrow. Survival is not only in the mind. It is in the heart. What we have and will enjoy in our lives was not and won’t be accomplished by individuals. It will be accomplished by those that can unite. Those that can see beyond themselves. Our tomorrow will never be the same as our yesterday. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It could be a reawakening, where we keep the good that was created through diversity and discard that which we didn’t really need.
I plan to get through this without a lot of issue. I know what I need to do. I also know what I can still do and it’s not that bad. My world is not gone, it has simply changed. Sure, it requires some attitude adjustment, but hey. Any race car driver will tell you, you can’t get up to speed without shifting a few gears. Just sayin.