So, how are you all doing?
What a couple of weeks we’ve had here in Canada! What a year this has been for the world as a whole! And it’s only just the end of March! Whew! We have watched this novel virus sweep from an exotic sounding place in China, fan out through Europe and the Middle East, and descend into North America, its tentacles far reaching to many humble locations, including my little village here in Ontario.
Wow! What a time to be alive! And I say this with reverence. I am as frightened of this virus as anyone. Covid 19 is wreaking havoc on our human race, threatening everything from our daily routines, to our economy , to our friendships, to our health. Robin Cook could not have created a better plot line for a medical thriller. On the flip side though, we are witnessing the whole world united together in order to overcome this common enemy. We are no longer a country or a race. This virus does not discriminate and neither can we . This current situation hammers the truth that, no matter how distant or remote we feel a place is, what happens anywhere in this world truly affects us all. Make no mistake, we are interdependent on each other, and on nature. I truly believe that globally we will all emerge from this pandemic vastly different from when we stumbled into it.
On a personal level, how are you managing? I am so grateful that my work can be done from home. I get to stay in and help “flatten the curve” of transmission through social distancing in this manner. The hubby’s work is an essential service that he must attend. I’m thankful for the strict health screening procedures that have been put in place there. I am humbly grateful that we both can continue to work. I know many who have been temporarily laid off as some businesses have been forced to close during this time. I’m so relieved to live in a country that has immediately responded to this and is providing financial means to those in need. Not to mention our free healthcare…
This moment in history heralds a topsy turvy world where health (not wealth) is the true form of richness, where not visiting others is how we show our love, where gas is cheap but we are not able to travel, where streams suddenly run cleaner and wildlife continues as usual with nary a glance at the humans fretfully gazing out from behind their windows. Each morning I pull back the curtains and open the windows and I hear the birds singing joyfully. They seem to be belting out songs of praise to our Wonderful Creator. My heart joins them in this, for I am convinced that, despite the current events, God still walks with us. I do not believe God caused this virus in any way. However I know that God can and will redeem this. I see evidence of His spirit everywhere. I see it when governments step in and stop those who would price gouge for necessities. I see it when our little community has come together sharing supplies. People have spent their new-found extra time to sew masks for medical workers. Restaurants have offered up meals for those in need.
It seems that society suddenly skidded to a halt and has turned from the direction we were headed. Frenzied lives have slowed down. Gratitude for the simple things of life has become the order of the day. Perhaps the world as we know it is being reset. Maybe this is all a part of our evolution towards being a kinder, more thoughtful and grateful humanity.
I wish you all health and wellness.