Well, the Coronavirus certainly has made itself known and recognized in our world. Events cancelled and/or postponed. Travel stopped. Schools and businesses closed. Vacations extended. People quarantined. A country under a State of National Emergency.
And, of course, the panic buying of emergency goods and stockpiling of all manner of products. It’s all scary stuff! What is a person to do?
First, I refuse to live in fear. I am a person who always sees the glass not only half-full but full to overflowing. No matter what, my world is abundant and full and positive – always. No virus can take that from me.
I’m also going to be cautious, so as not to harm myself or anyone else. I have an obligation to everyone to be sensible and reasonable with my health and theirs. There is no reason to take unnecessary risks that would potentially harm anyone.
Therefore, I will follow standard guidelines and common sense in dealing with this contagious disease, as I have with every other contagious disease I have confronted.
My convenience and whim should not scare or endanger anyone I care about. So I will be thoughtful and caring in my actions. But I will not be afraid.
If someone needs my assistance or help in any way, I am obligated to give aid. Not just if it’s convenient and not just to the point of discomfort. But all the way. I’m supposed to give whatever is needed, for as long as needed, to whoever needs it. Even if it kills me. Hard words to live by.
So I can’t in good conscience do anything that is only for me and leaves my fellow sister or brother out on their own. Such as buying all the water in the store and leaving none for anyone else. It seems selfish to me.
If you have all the water and your neighbor has none, and that neighbor gets sick, are you willing to take water to your neighbor and stay with him until he gets well? Just asking.
These are hard times. We have responsibilities to ourselves, our loved ones and everyone around us. The environment seems to be one of extremes and getting more so. Confusion is all around. Decisions are being made for us, which makes the world feel out of control.
But we can always decide how we react to anything. No one can tell us how to do that. That is entirely up to each of us.
We can always choose to be calm, wise and intentional.
That’s my plan.