My dear friend Peggy wrote me, “we’re using a lot of energy unconsciously dealing with the fear and distractions that this virus causes.”
She may not have known it but she sent me a wake up call. I have to spend more effort avoiding getting caught up with what I call the “virus mentality.” We have a socially distanced visit with friends or a zoom call and what do we talk about — the virus and its effects on our lives and the lives of our loved ones. It is what we all have in common and of course it is natural to discuss, especially when you are sitting six feet away wearing a mask, but there are other parts of our lives that need to be expressed. For example, a new baby is born, let’s concentrate on how cute the baby is and not on how difficult birthing is in light of the restraints on the hospital because of the virus.
I’m not suggesting we ignore the virus. But maybe, just maybe, we can be like Peggy and recognize our use of energy and divert a little more energy on making the world a better place.