Saturday, March 21, 2020

Flattening the Curve, Day 3

Friends, it's only day three of my mandatory leave from my job due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ever since yesterday afternoon and into today, I am searching for my empathy, humility and ability to accept my circumstance. Granted, I am not sick nor do I know anyone that is, but when I was at the grocery store I felt a loss in humanity.

It wasn't that I witnessed anything particularly bad - it's just that when I see people being overly anxious in their shopping or seemingly ignorant of the situation the world is facing at this moment, I loose faith in my fellow citizens to conduct themselves more responsibly.

I'm not trying to be the moral police here. But I do want to say that now is not the time to freak out (which I'm sure I probably will at some point) nor is it time to pretend that nothing is unusual about daily life. I would like to encourage people that are worried and uneasy to please phone, text, Face Time or Skype a friend or family member that you can talk to. Or you can leave me a comment.

Now is the time to come together and respect the social distancing rule and be mindful that your shopping habits may not only impact your neighbors but the economy in general and hurt more of us in the long run.

It's a lovely Spring day here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and I am going to spend the rest of my day in my backyard enjoying my lunch, the sunshine, and I'm staying off media. My hope is that soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of my small garden space will renew my spirit and allow the beauty of this precious life we have to refill my senses and my ability to keep going.

Won't you join me?


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