What a time! 2020 and 2021 has for many been tough!
I was scrolling through the ever changing terrain that is known as “Social Media”and saw the “life as normal” posts with locations visited along with friends gathering like normal…
“There’s no virus going on…” the narrative began.
My heart sank. I was sad and I was mad. I could not bring myself to “like” the post. My values say “gathering is not recommended at this time.” I will not promote activities.
I don’t think I am alone in this response.
I wanted to acknowledge I have created and drawn a boundary…Maybe you have, too. It’s ok!
My fence literally says, “I don’t gather and I am socially distant in person.” I have made some choices like a pod-family (a family we have made a verbal value agreement to mask when we go out, we don’t go out often, we stay away from gatherings and crowds, etc…” JUST FOR this season, folks.
I wanted to process and write that… While much of America has decided to go on “as normal” it is totally normal to know and act globally: not every family or nation is acting in this way. This is particular to the individualistic “my rights” American mindset… we are a “prosperous nation” so to halt and pause from activities many have told me is “fear” and “not right…” I beg to differ.
This is my encouragement to families finding a podfamily, keeping from contributing to the spread. I love it! I am proud of you because, I think when many of us keep of this mindset we can help to slow spread and it’s an act of compassion. Let’s find ways to stay safe and encourage others to use caution and care.
I’m in the County of Shasta in Northern California and it’s been mild winter with little rain. I’d like to think that if conditions were damp, wet and cold… we’d see a great percentage of death and infection. With this, I’d like to say I’m sorry for your loss and your heartache for those 100+ folks who have lost their loved ones due to the virus. Many are simply denying the severity of the virus and continuing on business as usual… it’s ok…
In conclusion, to my kindred folks… I am proud of you! I think it’s wise to limit interactions and delay gratification and withhold certain activities so we’re staying in parameters of safety, compassion and care. Guess what?! This is not forever. I’m praying obedience will have it’s great reward. I’m asking God to bless me for my conviction and determination.
To all my readers: blessings! Stay encouraged. Stay strong. Keep hope alive!