Mar 17, 2020

So much has happened in the last few days, so much. 

It’s hard to take it all in. Everyone in some way or another is impacted by the COVID 19 Pandemic, declared on March 11th, 2020.  And yes the impact all over the world ranges from family members dying to family and friends acting foolishly and ignoring or questioning the validity of the “vast reaching” limits, closures, directives, etc. etc. that are informing the new normal life for almost all around the world. 

Sometimes I’ve been overwhelmed. The idea of being in a grand movie production still swirls around in my head. I’ve used the word surreal many times in the past few days. 

What will come of all of this in a month, or two, or three ? 

Yesterday, President Trump, spoke the months July and August in one of his press briefings.  I read a few articles that posited future conditions that would result in social unrest, riots and looting.  I’m thankful that those articles are outweighed by funny suggestions, ideas, photographs and recommendations found sprinkled in social media, news feeds and text messages from family and friends. 

My personal impact varies, it’s almost a routine. Early mornings I check in with my family via our family chat group, and/or I make phone calls depending on everyone’s schedule. I read my morning devotional and spend time in prayer. I read headlines. 

I many times wish I could do what many many years ago I would have done a multitude of times, I wish I could talk to my DAD. He was always reassuring, especially with questions of health, questions related to medical issues, practices and recommendations. He would have been concerned for all his children and made sure we are all OK.  

At some point in the day, I want to know how things are going in Italy. They are currently the world hot spot, though other countries are getting to that place.  Two days ago Italy had their highest total of fatalities in one day, and the number was greater that the worst day in China. The article I read quoted the number at 368 deaths in one day due to COVID 19.  

The people that died: Mothers, Fathers, Sons, Daughters, Uncles, Aunts, Brothers, Sisters, Grandparents, Husbands, Wives, Best Friends, Friends, Co-workers, Shop owners, Priests, School Teachers, Bus Drivers, Bakers, Mechanics, and so much more….. citizens of the world that perhaps 2 weeks ago, 2 months ago, never imagined they could possibly perish in a pandemic. 

I walk 2 or 3 times per day. Currently I’m at Lake Oconee in Georgia.  There’s not too much social distancing going on here as there are wide open spaces and not too many people. I thankful and grateful and appreciative of the sunrise, the daylight, the wind and breeze, the movement of the lake, the small waves that form and race towards the shore as boats go by. 

I’m thankful that I can walk outside and feel safe and comfortable and I can take deep purposeful breaths.

 I’m grateful that I have gas in my car, food in the refrigerator, medicine in my travel bag.  

I’m thankful that there are experts who make it their lives mission to study viruses. 

I’m grateful that we have technology to be able to talk to and see family and friends via WhatsApp, Facetime, Zoom, Skype and on and on.  

I’m grateful and rooting for all the medical professionals in the world that are showing up to help and care for people impacted. 

I’m thankful and a huge fan of every person in the production, distribution and inventory process that keeps the pharmacies and food stores open.  

For all who care for and are helping family, friends, neighbors, keep bringing light to the world, thanks, thanks, thanks. 

Wherever you are, be well, be careful, be kind.