The stay at home order here in Virginia extends until June 10, so far. There is no doubt that this time has been sad and challenging for so many people in so many ways. I don’t think that there is anyone on this planet that has not been touched in one way or another, whether health, grief, loss, financial issues, isolation … so many ways. It has also been a time to pause and reflect on many things. Also, a time for enlightenment in so many levels. For me, I have seen so many blessings in my life, and also on the outside world. My eyes have been keened; it is the only way I can describe it.

I have always been grateful to God for so many things in my life; however, I have discovered many more during this time. I have also seen another side of humanity, a better side, one that I thought had been lost. My faith in it has been renewed. We have learned to appreciate everyday little details, things that we have been taking for granted – touch, company, face to face conversations, gatherings, health, outings, the free outdoors, the freedom to walk around without reserve, and normalcy, whatever that was for you. Just think of the “joy” and/or relief you feel when you see that roll of toilet paper at your grocery store. It may sound as a joke, but doesn’t that feel different now? Our routine, our life has been halted and flipped upside down. Thanks to that, most of us have been able to see better. We appreciate more the work and dedication of so many people, the ones that out of the sudden we call “essential workers.” If we ever looked down on many of those jobs, now we see how meaningful these occupations were. These people were always there, but now we see them better. Now, we call them heroes. Now, we can see better.

Yes, we also have the people who are still thinking about “me, myself, and I” – their modus operandi. The ones who protest about having to spend time at home for over a month. The ones who say, “I’d rather die from Covid-19 than live like this” (yes, someone actually said that when interviewed on the local news). The ones who say, “I already got it; I don’t have to worry.” The ones who cannot stay just a few more weeks home, social distancing, because they are not having “fun.” I think that most people are on the same page, but for those who are not, it has never been about you, or your life, or your body/health, or your fun. It is about the other, your parents, your siblings, your kids, your grandparents, your neighbors … even your pets. You are staying home for them, not for you.

Our first responders, doctor, nurses, aides, grocery store employees, gas attendants … are as human as we are. They get tired, they get hungry, they get sad, they cry, their bodies hurt from those long hours, their hearts feel; they too, have human limits. Don’t take them for granted. They have made their calling a priority at this time. They don’t have to be there for you or me, but they have chosen to do so.

It is easy to yell and protest about “my rights,” but not so easy to see the thin line that exists between our rights and those of our neighbor. It has never been about you, or me.

2 thoughts on “Reflection

  1. I so agree with your comment -“If we ever looked down on many of those jobs, now we see how meaningful these occupations were.” I find it sad that people never realized how important all jobs are, from grocery store to truck driver to food server. However, this virus is so new and misunderstood, we have to be careful of what “experts” are telling us. They have been more wrong than right on this issue. Politicians and elitists have an unsavory agenda for the rest of us and we would do well to keep that in mind. They are not looking out for our best interests. See this link: The response to the coronavirus (stay-at-home orders) should not do more harm than the virus itself. People’s lives and health are being destroyed by these unconstitutional lockdowns. We Americans are smart enough to make informed decisions for ourselves, not be treated like pathogen carriers that have to be controlled. Never before have healthy individuals been put into quarantine (imprisoned). If you are uncomfortable going out, then by all means, stay home. Definitely take care of the most vulnerable, however, our God-given unalienable rights are too important to let them be taken away so easily. If that happens, our country will be gone. And this comes from someone who did lose a family member to Covid-19 (mother-in-law). Take care, Maria

  2. I am so deeply sorry for your loss, how sad. God bless and protect you and your family. So sorry, Nancy. My deepest sympathy to your husband, and the kids. I know you are people of faith, as well a strong family. Take care.

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