It’s been a long time since you’ve heard from me. The last blog post I wrote was right after our daughter, Jessica, graduated from high school which was an exciting time in our lives. It felt like the future was full of possibilities, a vast contrast to today’s freaky reality show of Covid-19. I thought it would be a good time to check-in to find out how you are coping.
How are you all doing? What are you doing to keep your kids occupied and yourself sane?
I am happy to report we are all well. I count my blessings for having both kids at home, safe and sound, and Jörg still employed. As we are seeing, some smaller enterprises have gone bust leaving family and friends unemployed. It is devastating, to say the least.
As horrible as this situation is, I do see a few silver linings: one is the surge of kindness. In the UK, more than 700,000 volunteers showed up to help NHS with homecooked meals. Families are spending more time together; Some people are finding new creative outlets; And, we are re-discovering our values.
It is not time to build walls but to come together as a community.
In March, Canadians started a trend called caremongering, which is an online community effort to give support, help, and kindness to anyone who needs it. The volunteer service has neighbors offering a variety of services such as shopping or online counseling to help each other deal with this crisis.
Younger neighbors are shopping for the elderly. People are sewing face masks for the overwhelmed medical workers who are our real heroes in this saga. Others are putting together care packages and leaving them out for the homeless.
Caremongering is compassion in motion, the opposite of scaremongering which is the spread of frightening news.
Ironically, while we are social distancing—which a coaching colleague appropriately re-named it ‘physical distancing’-- we are also now acknowledging and caring for our neighbor.
Before I even heard of the word caremonerging, I offered online English tutoring to my neighbors and Facebook community as soon as we went into semi-lockdown. So far, lots of thanks but no takers because Easter school holidays.
We have all heard the stories of people hording toilet paper and being rude to those in the service industries who still are working to keep society functioning. I guess a crisis brings out the worst in the fearful and the best the optimists.
Another positive thing I’ve noticed is more people talking walks in the forest. The other day I saw dozens of young families flocking in the woods; kids were delighting in playing hide-and-go-seek behind trees instead of huddling in front of a screen. Mother Nature is calling us to conform to her ways.
As we head into Easter, it is a reminder that nature has seasons of death and rebirth. Our economy has died for now, but what will resurge as a result?
As corny as it seems, I just want to close with this passage I read in my daily devotional that seem so fitting and obvious, but it needs to be repeated; it is known as the Golden Rule: Whatever you want people to do for you, do the same for them… (Matthew 7:12)
I keep many of you in my thoughts and prayers, especially those who might be more vulnerable. Please hit return and send me a message letting me know how you are managing.
Be safe and well. Love, Paula