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Observations from Pandemic Lockdown

So many thoughts, actions and conjecture, yet, we go back to basics.

This thing is assaulting our freedoms and lifestyle yet, we are doing what we can as a state, country, world and household to contain, attack and move forward, better and stronger.

So many have to worry about living, dying, paying bills, child care and health and jobs; seeing normal go up in smoke. Surviving, with no timeline and indefinite data, but, definite daily sacrifices and decisions.

Waking up each day realizing it’s not a a bad dream, that is, if you can go to sleep. Frontline caregivers to back office researchers working hard for a cure with their tireless and selfless efforts.

Realizing life is fragile and can change on a dime. I don’t like it when what I knew and parked in the back of my mind is hitting me between the eyes daily.

What is it that one needs to have, wants to have, can live without? Necessities and luxuries of a generally affluent lifestyle are temporarily impacted and simultaneously shining a light on the homeless population that could explode in numbers.

Write down or memorialize these thoughts so that, in fact, when we do emerge smarter, stronger, better grounded and prepared to enjoy and make the life we have the most fulfilling; resulting from conscious decisions and actions, not unconscious busyness.

OK, cv …. you have our attention; we will emerge better for it, prioritizing and acting like we mean it.

I want to leave you with a quote from American Trappist monk Thomas Merton, “you do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need to do is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.


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