We are in the thick of it. This will be one of those seminal moments in history that will serve as a demarcation line, before and after the pandemic. The days are surreal, the images are heartbreaking, some of the actions are appalling. We watch; we wait and hold our breaths to make sure our loved ones are safe. We quietly wait for normal to return.
Guess what, Lovies? Normal is gone. Of course, we will get back to routines and schedules, but what has changed is the complacency that we are all separate entities bobbling along in our individual lives. The reality –and this is not new news — is that we are all connected. We all need each other. From the butterfly across the world that impacts the winds to the farmer pulling potatoes out of the ground, we need each other to make this planet work, not just survive, but thrive.
Climate changes, viral spreads, economic disparity impact all us. We need each other to stitch together full lives for everyone with food on the table, medicine at the ready, lumber to build, water to drink, art to feed our souls and so much more. We are at a threshold where we can course-correct and recalibrate.
Most of us have been given the unexpected gift of STOP, which makes me think of Diana Ross, holding up her hand and singing, “Stop, in the name of love…” And, isn’t that what we are doing? We have stopped in the name of love. Love is a connecting and unifying force. And love in all of its many faces — compassion, courage, caring, sharing, honoring, accepting — is what we need to go forward.
Go gently. Be kind. Offer a hand. Share a smile. We’re here for each other and that feels pretty damn good.