Can we exercise compassion: social distancing...
Hello beautiful people! I am hoping that your weekend was an enjoyable one (in spite of what we are facing) It's a new week, new topics to discuss-let go:
Travel to anywhere has all but shut down, there are countries dealing with full lockdown-people are relegated to their homes, leaving only if absolutely necessary. There are a number of countries that are not as strict as others; however no matter where you are, we cannot deny the anxiety and fear.
There is so much uncertainty, anxiety, and fear. Many have either lost their jobs or went on temporary unemployment. The global economy is in a dark space; our children are home from school and more than likely for the rest of the school year and as parents, we are now the teachers. There are new policies being written all over the place to reflect this current climate. Individuals are getting sick and though we move with a certain level of uncertainty, two things remain certain: the daily diagnosed and the dead.
When we think about everything that is going on, how it has dramatically impacted our lives not just at this moment but more than likely for years to come; it is very easy to fall into a depressive funk, to become jaded, angry or just give up though, In a very strange way, this way of life demands it.
So what are we to do? first, we need to practice compassion; social distancing works. My older brother who lives in Demming New Mexico has no reported cases of the coronavirus; people not only are practicing social distancing, geographic boundaries are respected. We need to care for ourselves and take others into consideration. Unfortunately in my home of Brooklyn, NY, there are still those who aren't practicing social distancing-crowds are hanging out on the street corner, busses and trains are still crowded (it is as if waiting for the next train is a punishment.
There is no cure for COVID-19 and there are those who carry a diagnosis and present no symptoms. The only tangible measure that we have within our power is to practice social distancing, to keep away from each other and if possible stay home. Now you may be asking why use compassion when referencing social distancing? well if you think about it; when you utilize social distancing, you are not only safeguarding your health, you are taking into account the well-being of others and in that mindset, my friend, you are practicing compassion.
"If you can't change the circumstances, change your attitude. Funny thing is, when you do, you'll find that the circumstances often change."