Friday, April 3, 2020

Grateful In A Time Of Coronavirus



I'm really Grateful for Technology during this time of not being able to go out, it gives me a Connection to the rest of the World.  Caregiving has always been Isolating, but not quite like this, where you know just about everyone else on the Planet is affected and suffering in a similar way Socially Distancing.   Social Isolation was always the hardest part of Caregiving for me personally, it was the toughest obstacle to come to a Peace about having to endure, especially long term.  Humans are meant to be Social Beings, this goes against our very innate Nature, to Isolate and not have Contact with one another isn't Natural for us.  Especially Meaningful Contact that Emotionally and Mentally is beneficial.




Virtual Visits are better than no Contact at all, it has been a Social Lifeline to so many now, to be able to Connect to others via devices while they cannot have actual Contact.  I do Believe that is Why some have taken undue Risks by defying the Sheltering In Place Orders or going out more than they actually Need to.  To disengage Socially and Recreationally is more difficult for anyone new to having to do it.  For anyone whose suffered from Autoimmune Diseases and other Medical Fragility, that necessity for Self-Isolation and Sacrificing Freedom during Recovery and to achieve Wellness is all too familiar.  My Friends and Family who are Cancer Survivors liken this to when they had to be so Careful and vigilant during their Treatments not to expose themselves to germs.




When it could be a matter of Life and Death we have that Survival Instinct that we'll do whatever it takes.  Right now we're doing whatever it takes, not just for our own Survival, since we also have to be Selfless during these times so that it's not putting anyone else in Danger.  I don't think most Humans want to be the cause of someone else's Death, even inadvertently... that would weigh heavily upon the conscience of a decent person.   Those that claim they don't Care who else Dies are defective in their basic Humanity, because that's not a Normal response, it's Abnormal and without Empathy or Compassion.  Thankfully I think that type of Individual is the exception to the Rule of a Normally Functional Human Being.




I'm Loving the Uplifting Stories being Shared about how Normally Functional Human Beings are extending their Empathy and Compassion outwardly and so Meaningfully Connecting in a Time of potential Disconnect!  I'm Grateful for that Spark within the Human Soul to reach out and provide Comfort, Hope and Joy beyond Self.  Our New Neighbors brought over a Food Box to our Family of Fresh Produce and Home-Canned Spaghetti Sauce, knowing that we're a Medically Fragile Family who shouldn't go out any more than we absolutely have to for basic necessities!   It Touched my Heart deeply of their Thoughtfulness and Generosity during a difficult Time for us ALL!  I am Grateful for this tight knit Community of Kind Souls we now live around at our New Forever Home! That's the way Community should function!




So, Today we had a Spaghetti Dinner with our Dear Neighbors Home-Made and Home-Canned Spaghetti Sauce.  Sharing is Caring, we've always told that to our Children and Grandchildren... and Food Shared and Made with Love is one of the intimate ways Humans Connect in a Meaningful way, it transcends barriers Globally when you Share a Meal.   Not being able to extend Hospitality and Break Bread Together during this Pandemic is one of the hardest parts of what we're Sacrificing to stay Well.  Hospitality being a Gift from one Human Being to another.  My Hope is that we can get back to that and not have to refrain from it long term.  I'm always Grateful for a person who has the Gift of Hospitality and I'm sure many of you are too.




My Heart aches for those who are Victims of the Virus. My Heart aches for those Noble Souls on the Front Lines making incredible personal Sacrifices every day while in the trenches and risking their very Lives and those of their own precious Families.  The interviews with Medical Professionals and the Hardships they're facing and enduring, both at Work and at Home, touch an Emotional chord, how can it not?!   My Heart aches for those who've become unemployed or risk losing their livelihood and Businesses that may never Recover, the consequences of the Virus' Timeline will be far reaching and long lasting, even when Restrictions can be eased or lifted.




I know for many they're already weary of anything Coronavirus related and would rather not hear or see any more about it.  But we truly must face our current Reality and not indulge in too much Escapism, lest it cause us a further Disconnect that could be dangerous.   Living in Denial, ignoring a Crisis, pretending we can Escape it by not seeing and hearing about it and shutting it out, is no way to Deal with it effectively or in a Healthy way.  There has to be a Balance of exposing ourselves to Reality and having our Fantasies and temporary Breaks from it.  Once we come back to Center, a Dialogue is Helpful to discuss the unpleasantries and the struggles concerning The Issues Of Life.




This too shall pass... even if it comes back again Seasonally, even if adjustments must be made to Deal with it being a New Fact of Life, we'll find a way to Live with it, our Species being resilient and adaptive like that.  Some Positive News that has come out of our Interruption, is that the Earth seems to be renewing and recovering from Human Pollution!  So Mother Nature too is taking this Opportunity to Heal Herself, while Humanity Pauses and Refrains from Business as usual and the damage that causes our Planet.  When we see how quickly the Earth can Recover, perhaps it will Inspire us to be better Stewards of our Planet in the Future?  I am Grateful for that Opportunity to be a part of that Solution.




I don't know that everything or anything will Change after this is over, I am Hopeful that in many Positive ways it can and perhaps will though?  The Pause and the Reflection we've all had Time to consider, about Priorities, about how Fragile Life really is, how interconnected we ALL really are, has been a Valuable Lesson that I Hope isn't completely Wasted on Mankind?  Unity of Purpose during a Pandemic Worldwide has perhaps brought us closer together rather than Polarizing us?  The Polarity of people has been the bane of our Existence for some time now and I had personally grown very weary of it.  May this have brought us closer together, thru our Shared Misery.  It is often said that our Misery becomes our Ministry.




May we all seek Comfort and Strength from those Sources that are beyond this Realm and within this Realm, draw from that abundant Source.  I know for our Family, our Ancestors before us endured ever so much more than this, they came out Stronger and all the more Resilient for what they Survived and went through.  Both sides of my Family had passed down the Stories that proved us to be of Strong Stock and Great Faith.  Before they Crossed Over and even now I draw Strength from that Fact.  Our Faith is Strong, our Backs are Strong and our Hearts are Strong.  May you also find Strength too my Friends, where it is most Needed and from where it is most Abundant for and to you!


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Blessings, Love, Light, Hope, Be Well and Stay Safe my Friends... Dawn... The Bohemian 

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful post, Dawn. Well written and thoughtful, full of compassion and heart.

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    1. Thank You, I wanted to focus on the situation but in a way that would be more Uplifting than just a Rant! *LOL*

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  2. Thank you for your words. Thoughtful, helpful and punctuated by great images. This was calming and so welcome.

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    1. I'm so Glad that it was Calming, we all really could use some Calm in the Storm right now, can't we?

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  3. Amen, I can't even fathom the 'losses' out there or the fear and anxiety. You said it all, so well! Thanks, Sandi

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    1. I know, I feel a lot less Anxious only because I do feel some sense of Security, I couldn't even Imagine how folks are Dealing with the Health Dangers AND not having any Financial Security or know what they'll do after this is over!?

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  4. This is a wonderful post Dawn. I really enjoyed your story about the neighbors sharing with your family. We are going to be OK. I truly believe that we will get thru this somehow. Sharon

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    1. I do too, but not all of us will and not knowing who will succumb while our Nero {45} fiddles while Rome {USA} is burning is the most unsettling part. I don't feel that any Citizen is expendable and all should receive proper representation and be more valuable than his personal stock market bottom line and those of his cronies. Most of them will still be Rich when this is over, but many average people will be Dead. The Heartwarming Actions of Average Citizens doing all they can is what gives me Hope... otherwise I wouldn't feel like we're faring well at all as a Country during this Pandemic, the percentiles are rising too rapidly to feel complacent, so most of the time I feel quite Militant and not at all Chill, to be Truthful.

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  5. I'm glad that you got your meds renewed for a year, that must be a huge weight off your shoulders. Now is a time of compassion but it can be so hard with so much stress too. It's a chance for our better selves to shine, in spite of ourselves. Thank you for the reminder.

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    1. I am relieved that I'll hopefully have enough Medication if the Base Pharmacy keeps enough stocked when we need refills? Compassion can go a long way right now, I am concerned that the Mental Health of the Population will suffer and won't be addressed along with the Physical Health aspects of this Pandemic. Desperate people do desperate things and not having sound Leadership could tip to Panic so easily, when he's unraveling at the top daily, I do wonder about the Domino Effect happening, chaos and confusion is no way to Lead.

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