Recrafting our World
It’s impossible to avoid the news and impact of coronavirus.
I’ve progressed from denial to concern, to acceptance and opening to new ideas. I’ve been sick for the last few days wondering if I have the virus, flu, a cold, allergies, or am simply run down. I’m considering whether to go to a doctor and be tested for the coronavirus. The virus is forcing us to slow down and live differently, at least for a while, Maybe asking us to consider how we can become healthier, more resilient, and more helpful in a connected world. Here’s a related post I wrote about resiliency a few years ago called Happy or Resilient? From that post; the essence of a good life is how well we pay attention, compassionately accept our situation, take action toward meaningful goals, learn from our choices, and move on, with as much trust and love as we can.
Now is a good time to nurture our souls and reflect on our lives.
The time at home has given me the opportunity to reflect on my life, and how I might live closer to my credo. On a larger scale, it seems this virus is giving the world an opportunity to re-evaluate and change the way we live, work, produce, and distribute goods and services. Travel, work, food, and manufacturing may have to dramatically change. The good news is we could shift away from mindless consumerism, and begin living for higher purposes, mindful of our impact on other people and the planet. I’m seeing many wise souls share similar reflections about using this time to remember what is important. Clarifying and aligning with our priorities. Mine are love, family, friends, connecting, and helping one another. The pandemic has spread both fear and the virus, demonstrating how fast things can change in an interconnected world.
The key is how we respond to this new challenge.
“All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way.
All over the world, people are waking up to a new reality.
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes, 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 soul.
Yes, 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.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic.
The birds are singing again.
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul and sing.”
-from Richard Hendrick (Brother Richard) in Ireland, March 13th, 2020
Stay open dear souls. Ask what you can do to help. Let’s be the change the world needs. Together we rise.
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