No one much likes change—unless it’s their idea.
When change involves fear, I tend to push back because I don’t think fear should ever be a factor in making a decision. I’ll do some digging until I feel comfortable that fear isn’t at the root.
People have been responding in all kinds of ways to the Covid-19 pandemic. We self-consciously bump elbows and back away. Try not to cringe when someone near us coughs or sneezes. Things have changed.
One woman became quite upset because I posted a picture on Facebook having fun teaching mahjong. She wanted to know how we could be smiling when the world was in such a state. (I forgive her. I’m sad for her.) Things have changed.
Like many people, our plans have changed. My husband and I were set to take a two-and-a-half week trip to South America, leaving April 2nd. Although we had trip insurance, I can honestly tell you I was glad when the travel company canceled. Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay will have to wait.
Things have changed and this was nobody’s idea.
But then a friend sent me this. It was written by an Irishman just a few days ago. It’s a different look at change and the resiliency of people.
LockdownYes there is fear.Yes there is isolation.Yes there is panic buying.Yes there is sickness.Yes there is even death.But,They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noiseYou can hear the birds again.They say that after just a few weeks of quietThe sky is no longer thick with fumesBut blue and grey and clear.They say that in the streets of AssisiPeople are singing to each otheracross the empty squares,keeping their windows openso that those who are alonemay hear the sounds of family around them.They say that a hotel in the West of IrelandIs offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.Today a young woman I knowis busy spreading fliers with her numberthrough the neighbourhoodSo that the elders may have someone to call on.Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Templesare preparing to welcomeand shelter the homeless, the sick, the wearyAll over the world people are slowing down and reflectingAll over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new wayAll over the world people are waking up to a new realityTo how big we really are.To how little control we really have.To what really matters.To Love.So we pray and we remember thatYes there is fear.But there does not have to be hate.Yes there is isolation.But there does not have to be loneliness.Yes there is panic buying.But there does not have to be meanness.Yes there is sickness.But there does not have to be disease of the soulYes there is even death.But there can always be a rebirth of love.Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.Today, breathe.Listen, behind the factory noises of your panicThe birds are singing againThe sky is clearing,Spring is coming,And we are always encompassed by Love.Open the windows of your soulAnd though you may not be ableto touch across the empty square,Sing.”-from Richard Hendrick (Brother Richard) in Ireland
March 13th 2020
How have the last couple of weeks changed your lives? Are you finding some joy and resiliency that surprises you?
It truly is all better with friends.