Learning From COVID-19
If there is one good thing that has come from COVID-19, it is connection, shifts in the perception of connection and our role in the world around us. As humans we need people, we are tribal, we are pack animals at our core. The resiliency of the human race is incredible. In a time of total lock down, the quarantine of 2020 has highlighted the importance of connection for many of us and during this time of isolation people have truly invested intentional energy toward connection.
I found the power of connection years ago throughout my eating disorder recovery. Since then, it has blown my mind how little most people are aware of how essential having positive connections are. I have often felt isolated and ostracized because I was dedicated to being intentional about being connected in a world that didn’t give it much thought.
The COVID-19 quarantine has awakened many. It has brought people together and made connection a priority. I am not making light of this really tragic situation. Many people have experienced grief and worry, depression and financial fears. That is absolutely valid. And I hold space for those emotions and that energy to be felt and heard. It is important to acknowledge the pains and tragedies that have happened; it is also important to learn the lessons of the soul through these experiences. It is tragic that so many people fell ill and many passed away. To honor those people we must learn and adapt then embody these new revelations. This is how we carry on the legacy of all the loved ones who passed on. We hold them in each and every moment that we embody the lessons that their passing has gifted the world.
On that note, I want to share the striking experience that led to this article. I came to sit in a little outdoor coffee shop nearby my house thinking I would get some fresh air and do some work. But something changed my plans- and that something was so powerful that I began writing to capture the moment. Sitting in this little coffee shop, I watched as three little girls came in with their mom. The eldest of the girls, maybe 5 years old, started helping sanitize the hands of her younger sisters. She passionately expressed her want to help her sisters so that they can stay well. She was a curious young girl, with a pure soul and insightful mind. She began asking everyone at her table what they wanted to be when they grew up. When she didn’t get much of a response from her younger sisters she jubilantly expressed what she wanted to be when she grew up. She said “I want to be somebody that helps people. I want to make a difference in the world. I am going to make a difference in the world.” These were the words of a young girl no older than five. This is the silver lining of COVID-19. It has brought awareness and intent to our connection to one another, that we have the choice to help, that we are far more influential when we come together than when we view life as me vs them. Take this lesson from a child with a heart of gold and mind beyond her years. COVID-19 has opened up all of us, especially our young generations. Following this path is the most significant way to honor the ones we have lost and to create positive change in our lives and in the world.
Honor the loved ones who were taken by COVID-19 by cherishing connection and relationship. Honor them by helping your neighbors. Honor them by being thoughtful and intentional with your efforts and energy. Honor them by living the life you want, not staying stuck in the dead end job that only offers security but drains your soul. COVID-19 has shifted so much in the world around us, it has given most individuals the time and space that forces them to go inward and reflect. It has given most people the time to re-evaluate their life and decide if it is in alignment with their wants, needs and aspirations. As heartbreaking as this pandemic has been, it has granted us the gift of time.
What have you done with this time of solitude? Have you taken the time to reflect? Have you taken this time to build a loving relationship with yourself? Have you taken time for self-care? If you haven’t yet, I invite you to take advantage of the remaining time of quiet that is left. This is how we honor those who have passed. We listen to the messages that their deaths have sent on a universal level, and we reassess our lives then step into ACTION.
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