Covid-19 has brought a lot of sorrow to our world. Thank God, it is only a chapter in our lives and not the entire book.
As I live through these days of being sheltered at home, I am reminded of what Covid-19 has taught us. It has helped to shape a more conscious people. It has helped us to become better versions of ourselves.
Prior to the outbreak, we knew we were drowning in a world of hustle and bustle. Rush hour was the soundtrack to most of our lives. It was as if were had programmed ourselves to automatically say, I have no time for this or that. Daily schedules and routines were drivers of our lives. Suddenly, we were thrust and contained in a world of stay home mandates. Welcome back to a world of refreshment and a world which bids us to slow down and smell the roses. It is a time to let down your guard and enjoy the moment.
Our world re-imagined is slowly emerging. Here is an illustration of that world. Finally, we can be still and breathe. Traffic is diminished. Gas prices are down. Rent and bills are now extended. Stimulus checks are in the mail. We now work from home and submit our assignments online. Parents and guardians are home taking care of their families. All of that “fast food is king” is replaced by home-cooked meals. Hectic schedules are being replaced with Calgon moments and afternoon naps. Air travels have drastically slowed, and suddenly the air seems cleaner, and the world got quieter.
We realized that having our nails done was not a necessity but a luxury that we could live without if needed. We realized that we didn’t need a gym membership to control our weight. Keeping up with the Jones’, that dope vacation and money doesn’t seem to be a priority.
Ironically, most people are actually listening to the authorities and staying home when told to do so.
People are dusting off their bibles and reading again. Souls are being revived and renewed. A time of reflection and prayer has returned to our dinner tables.
The day of thank you Lord, for giving me one more day is returning. We are becoming closer to God and realizing the importance of everyday worship.
Ask yourself, when was the last time you took the time to just listen to birds sing? When was the last time you listened to a lawnmower or a Harley in the distance? When was the last time you slowed down to appreciate the beauty and fragrance of a flower?
When was the last time you experienced the calm of hearing a child’s laughter? Our children are back outside riding their bikes. We are witnessing the return of artistic sidewalk chalk. Families are taking walks together, having movie nights and playing old fashioned board games because we now make time to do so. Those moments were always there, we were just too busy to see and appreciate the small things. After all, isn’t it the small things that really matter in our lives?
In our world re-imagined, at the end of the day, I’ve come to realize staying in place isn’t so bad after all… I have love, I’m safe, I have what I need, and God has me covered.
“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron