How one REACTS to any given situation, in my experience, will generally determine the outcome. This world-wide lock-down has clearly shown that there is a great deal of learning that humans need to do. The “public” has reacted to the COVID crisis in a variety of ways. Whether you choose to view the evening mainstream media or seek your news elsewhere there are clear divides in how people have reacted to this situation.
There are some that are convinced that we are all going to die if people don’t wear masks. There are others convinced that the crisis is a world wide conspiracy designed to interfere with their personal rights and freedoms. Which ever way your opinion gate swings there are still lessons to be taken away from all of this…
- social distancing equals respect for personal space – a long forgotten art.
- clearly you don’t really need all that cheap crap made by slave labor in foreign countries.
- going out for dinner will go back to being a meaningful experience as opposed to simply being too lazy to cook for one’s self.
- a reminder that something very small can make a huge impact in your life
- a little less bullying? If you see point above regarding personal space, it’s hard to poke someone in the chest from a six foot distance.
- a little more gratitude for the little things such as being with friends and family.
- learning to be comfortable with the company of yourself and those you share space with.
- appreciation for seemingly non-consequential items such as access to parks and other public spaces, taking an evening stroll, letting the kids run wild at the playground
- growing and preserving some of your own food. Gardening can be a relaxing, dare I say meditative experience. Feeding yourself and those nearby won’t be as stressful if you have almost FREE food put away.
- Buying more locally produced stuff – even meats. Perhaps its time to start going back to the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker ways in certain things.
It’s time to back the truck up, and just take stock. What’s your reaction?