Today is the two year anniversary of COVID officially becoming a pandemic. Remember how we were all frightened. There was a commonality in our concern. Pre-mask mandates, surplus checks, and vaccinations, we worried about our neighbors and those who put their life on their lines to makes sure we had health care and groceries. We looked at our policemen, nurses, and grocery check out people in a different light. For a short period of time we made sacrifices for the common good.
Sadly, our willingness to sacrifice, our concern for our neighbors, and our commonality eroded. Not for all, but for many.
Today, we face a new crisis in this world. In many ways, one with more danger to our future than COVID. I see once again our pulling together. We hear of unbelievable incidents of courage and a willingness to sacrifice for the common good. ( For example, I had bloodwork yesterday. The technician was leaving today for the Ukraine to work in their hospitals. I gave her a big hug and thanked her. I tried to hide my tears of gratitude). Over two million people have had to flee their homes. We all pray that our leaders can find a quick resolution.
As I walked away from my technician, I wondered have we learned a lesson from two years of COVID? Will we not let the pain of whatever sacrifice it takes, divide us? Will we appreciate and support those who work on the front lines of our society? Can our commonality overcome our differences?
We don’t get many second chances in this world and when we do we need to take advantage. Godspeed the angels of mercy to the Ukraine.