The Invisible Enemy
Mar 18, 2020
THE INVISIBLE ENEMY
“... “May he live in interesting times.” Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty, but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind.” In 1966 Robert F. Kennedy delivered a speech that shared those words.
Here we are again, living in “interesting times” of danger and uncertainty. The current enemy does not carry guns or missiles. It does not hate or have religious, political, gender or cultural preferences. This enemy is invisible and is impacting all of humanity and our world.
We are all realizing how connected we are now. We thought we were separate, we thought our country was better than theirs, we thought our culture was more refined than theirs, we thought our economy was better than theirs, we thought we were smarter than them. We are recognizing now, are all in this together, human beings, children of God here on this planet, spinning in space…together. The time has come for us to come together and help each other.
What can you do now?
- Implement the CDC steps to prevent illness(e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily
- Take care of yourself FIRST
- Watch only short bursts of the news only enough to keep you informed
- Focus on what you are grateful for, right NOW
- Take charge of your own thoughts, refocus your fear into action by helping others
- Strengthen your relationships with others; as a hospice worker I know the only thing that matters on your death bed is the Love that surrounds you, not the stuff you have accumulated
- Look for ways to laugh; puppy or baby YouTube videos work
- Read great books like Victor Frankel’s Man’s Search For Meaning or ones of great fun one’s like Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life
- Eat colorful foods that grow from the earth not made of chemicals in a factory
- Get more sleep and rest, mental/emotional stress drains your energy
- Do an act of kindness for someone else, it will make YOU feel good!
- cook a meal for a neighbor or friend
- write a letter to a friend and mail it
- have your kids draw pictures of happy scenes and share with people in nursing homes or elders who are isolated
- Listen to MUSIC! Turn off the talking heads and listen to uplifting music (my go-to is James Taylor, You’ve Got a Friend)
- Watch my video with the original song Return To Purpose and my favorite pictures of nature
We WILL get through this if we do it TOGETHER. Tap into your humanity and take charge of the ONLY thing you are in charge of…yourself.
Much Love to you and yours.