Thoughts About the Coronavirus-Continued

Written by Meredith Kimmel

March 25, 2020

We are another week into the Coronavirus pandemic.  We have seen countries shut down.  We have seen cities and states in the United States of America completely shut down.  We have seen the number of cases in the United States of America rise due to testing becoming more prevalent.  Unfortunately, we have seen the number of deaths rise as well. 

We have also seen the best and worst of society and I will discuss both.  I’m going to start with the worst and end on the best, a happier note, because we can all use some happiness at this time.

I live in the United States of America and we have been asked by our leaders to stay home for 15 days.  This time may be extended, we just don’t know yet.  The residents of certain areas have been asked to “shelter-in-place” and only essential businesses are open.  However, in many places, people treat this 15-day directive as a vacation, a Coronacation.  I have seen that in news reports and what friends who have to go out have told me.  I’m staying home and doing my part. 

There is no other way to put this, but we are at war with an invisible enemy and we need to take it seriously.  Our parents and grandparents were drafted to fight for our country, and yet there are those who can’t even do their part by staying home, sitting on the couch, and watching TV.  I’ve seen people shopping in non-essential stores that are still open.  I’ve seen sandbars filled with boats and people partying on them.  I’ve seen beaches filled with people who are being selfish and not listening to authorities.  To win this war, people need to stop thinking about themselves and think about the greater humanity.

I don’t know what it will take to get those people to change their mindset, but they need to do it quickly. We are all in this together, even if we are together but apart.  I hope that it doesn’t take a tragedy for them to change their mindset because I do not wish ill on anyone. 

Now for the best of our society…

  • I decided that I’m going to change my mindset and have an attitude of gratitude.  I am grateful for the people fighting on the front lines of this war: the healthcare professionals, the first responders, the scientists, the military, and so many other that I cannot even list. 
  • We have technology and are working on treatments and a vaccine.  We are coming together to help each other out, again from a distance. 
  • Stores and markets have instituted early openings for senior citizens, so the most vulnerable in our population can shop without fear of getting sick.  A large supermarket chain sent me an email saying that they were hiring, but they wanted to limit the hiring only to people who were let go from the restaurant industry.
  • I took part in an online meditation and prayer group for global elevation on Sunday. I really felt like I contributed my part to sending positive energy into the universe.  
  • Companies are repurposing their manufacturing to make necessary items for those fighting on the front line of this war.
  • People are connecting.  A few old friends from high school that I haven’t seen or spoken to in years reached out to see how I was doing.  A Sardinian travel blogger that I follow posted on her Instagram page that since Italy is on lockdown, she can’t travel.  She asked to leave her a comment or send her a message to help her pass the time.  She has almost 60,000 followers but I sent her a message not expecting a response.  A few hours later, she replied and we communicated for a bit.  We all need personal connections and we have a great opportunity during this time to now do it from a distance.  Other friends had a happy hour Zoom call on Friday night in lieu of Friday Night happy hour.

Just some suggestions.  Sure, we are stretched, tested, uncertain, and we’ve cried.  But we will get passed this and we will be stronger for it.  Life has changed, and it will never be the same again.  That is okay.  When this pandemic is over, we can Monday morning quarterback the response and how the world handled it.  But for right now, we need to stay home, heal the sick, get the weaponry to the front lines, and have an attitude of gratitude. 

Change is a positive thing even when it comes from a negative source. Being a life transformation coach, I can help you with strategies to deal with the change.  I can also help you now to implement plans and procedure so that you can embrace a new and fruitful life for when we eventually declare victory over the Coronavirus.

We have seen so much good and we can do our part by staying home, staying positive, and having an attitude of gratitude. 

Leave me a comment and let me know what you have seen as the best of our society.

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