When faced with challenging times, the best and worst in people typically shows itself quickly. For those who struggle with fear, times like these are even more difficult. The same can be said for those who suffer from depression and other forms of mental illness. Lets’ face it; we are all a bit anxious and feeling down when it comes to COVID-19. As time goes on, we will encounter challenges and changes in our lives as we struggle to adapt to our experiences during this pandemic, i.e. personal losses, the events that will never happen, and perhaps situations that we have yet to think of. What will it all mean and how will we cope? Determining what we hold onto and what we let go of will depend on the direction our future takes, and how we respond to it.
During this pandemic, we have all seen remarkable acts of bravery and kindness. We have seen how people are letting go of hate and frustration, and others who are seeking ways to volunteer or help out neighbors, friends or strangers. While some could say this is the American way in a time of struggle, it is becoming clear, that it is also the Worlds way of getting through this trauma. What seems to be behind these actions is compassion. The roots of compassion are deep in everyone when really tested.
As we practice our new skills of daily monitoring our health and social distancing, I say let’s take the time to thank a few heroes. These are individuals who do not hesitate to put themselves in harm’s way in order to help others. Today I think of the nurses, doctors, police, firefighters, emergency staff, therapists, teachers, grocery clerks, truck drivers and many others who are fighting the good fight each and every day.
We are really all in this together, so take the time to care for yourself; and by doing so you will take better care of others. COVID-19 is not who we are or what we deserve to be. It is a horrible virus that takes with it our loved ones and leaves behind dread and sorrow.
Our compassion is stronger than this and can save lives. Another remarkable thing about compassion is that it also builds HOPE.
Sometimes we all just need to talk about our feelings, to be connected or simply heard.
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Rik Cornell, VP Community Relations