Yes, these are different times. I go for a walk everyday and am enjoying greeting my neighbors as they walk down the other side of the road. There is that sense of “Hello, We are all in this together.” A certain attending that is easy to lose in the everyday process. These are no longer “everyday’s.”
And, that’s probably more true than at any other time in my life. In Taoism a basic message is that we are connected in so many ways, and indeed everything we encounter affords the opportunity to embrace that connection.
We are all experiencing that connector called Covid 19.
I work from my office at home when I am not out doing talks and workshops. I have grown closer to Nancy and my two furry family members Spike and P’nut. Noticeably closer. (That’s Spike on the right, P’nut left.) The four of us are interacting and, at the same time, giving each other the space that is also required during this time. A different kind of give and take.
Last night the study group met through Zoom. I missed seeing them because it’s been a month. And, although it’s not the same as meeting in person, it was so much fun connecting with them and catching up. Spike the cat made his first internet appearance along with some other pets first time attendance. It’s also the first time we were able to see a part of each other’s homes. I was so struck by how much these people mean to me and how much we have grown to care about each other.
This is a bittersweet time for all of us. We are living in a time of historical impact when the whole world’s treadmill stopped. Those of us fortunate enough to be unaffected health wise can take a step back, breathe, reassess, and re-calibrate. We get to make some decisions about what’s important and what’s not. Asking ourselves what do I really need and what do I plain want. (Neither is good or bad but having a different frame of reference helps the priorities.)
Caring costs nothing. Smiling costs nothing. Doing things for others only benefits us in ways that sometimes take awhile to manifest outside the fact that it feels awesome.
After some contemplation I am realizing that my gratitude and appreciation has grown for the other people who add to my life, some without even knowing it, which is the very best kind of doing. Deepest bows to all those individuals who kept the much needed processes going while the rest of us do the best to be patient and kind.
Thank you. Many bows to all who have gone that extra bit. So many people across the world have shown so much heart and willingness. Bows to all of us, period.
Keep going, take care of you, and take care of others.
Love to all,