Shaken to Awaken
I have never spent so much time on Facebook!
My anxiety is sky-high right now. I bought a house on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m meeting strangers in my new home hiring them to paint and do repairs and measure for window coverings. (germs!) I’ve ventured to Home Depot twice. (cooties!) I’m trying to get the movers to come sooner so I can shelter in MY place. (I’m not packed!)
And now my supplies are starting to run low, so I know I have a grocery store run in the near future. (Will there be toilet paper!?)
So, in my downtime, I’m on Facebook. I’m hungry to connect with my friends and loved ones, even if it’s electronically. My church held its Sunday service online and I was in the front row.
Are you the same way?
I saw a meme (on Facebook, naturally) that said, “Kinda feels like the earth has just sent us to our rooms to think about what we’ve done.” Then my April WIRED magazine arrived and there was a page that said, “It is now more profitable to save the world than to ruin it.”
It does feel as though we’re in a reckoning.
Our profit-based insurance/health care/pharmaceutical industry is long overdue for an overhaul. Our bi-partisan political system has divided families and pitted neighbors against each other.
And how many emails have you received just this week telling you how much Megacorp cares about you, when really, they want to stay on your good side, so you’ll keep buying from them? (OK, that’s cynical because as a service provider, I know I care. Maybe they are sincere.)
Here’s what I think: we need each other! We are all connected, all one family.
We need relationships with real people. We need our community, our neighbors, our family and friends, to see us through. We need our posse to be our health care team and we need to surround every person on the planet with loving care.
COVID-19 is a Dreamkiller and you need to protect yourself with your weapon of Connection.
You don’t have to touch to connect. Instead of obsessing over COVID-19 (which is deadly serious, make no mistake), call your sister or brother. Check on your parents. Set up a video chat with your friends. (I have two this week!)
Make it a point to reach out to someone every day.
If your temperature rises and you feel a dry cough, you will need someone to drop off supplies at your front door. You’ll need someone to call and check on you. And you need to be that someone when they need a hand.
Build those connections now. Don’t wait! This is our time of awakening, our time to be human, and our time to spread love.
Garrison Keillor used to sign off his Poetry Corner radio show with these words: Be well. Do good work. And keep in touch.
Do that. A return to basic human connection will lead to our awakening.