Recently, I’ve felt bombarded and overwhelmed by stories in the news or on social media about people panic buying and hoarding. Stories about problems with the economy and the uncertain future for businesses and employees. And a blame game between world leaders. I can’t be alone here…
But there are also some remarkable things happening amongst the corona-craziness. And I struggle to understand why there isn’t more coverage on that in the media. So, I’m going to take a minute to share some of what I have seen as a reprieve from all the crummy stuff.
First off, imagine how different things would be if this social distancing was more isolating; how blessed are we to be going through this bizarre situation during the age of technology… I have seen a substantial number of individuals, companies, organizations, and communities use this tool to help people come together in spirit during this trying time. I have personally received more lists of options than I can count. From 12-step fellowships, to support groups, to exercise and yoga classes, to art lessons, to mental health webinars, to financial resources, and the list goes on. Countless people have devoted their time to supply us with compiled lists of resources and supports that we may not have known about otherwise. I find this quick and efficient implementation of web-based opportunities monumental. With the internet we’ve also been afforded social media. These platforms are expansive and diverse. As I scroll through my news feed I see “fear”, “fear”, “anger”, and then “HOPE”. Here’s some examples of HOPE that I believe can encourage optimism:
- I’ve seen members in our community offering support for our elderly or susceptible citizens: running to the grocery store, picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy, adjusting their store hours to accommodate them and writing letters to those who are in care facilities.
- I was moved to tears as I watched multiple school systems parade through their towns so the children could see their teachers. The caravans were escorted by first responders to make the experience for the kids just that much more memorable!
- Multiple communities have shared videos that I think are powerful depictions on how to make the best out of challenging circumstances. I think the Italians were the first to start the trend of social-distancing sing-a-longs and raves. Then the people in the city of Boston jumped on the bandwagon and held sing-a-longs. And some in Utah caught on and held a zumba class.
With all the light shed on the negatives of the world’s circumstance maybe it is time for us to remember and practice that oh-so popular saying “it is what it is”. What if we attempt to see these unprecedented times through rose-colored glasses? Because “this too shall pass”. So, I ask you… are you going to remember these dogged by misfortune? Or will you make lemonade out of these lemons?