Here’s what is interesting about that sentiment: Every family is affected. Money doesn’t get you a “pass” here. Where in the world you live doesn’t matter. EVERY family is affected by this pandemic.
This is a difficult time for parents right now. They are being asked to play all roles in the village. Not only that, but the activities are gone. No outings, movies, birthday parties or swimming pools. Sports are cancelled. We’re stripped back to simple play, to forts and art projects, even board games, bikes, and long walks with the dogs. Popcorn and TV movies every night. Maybe ice cream afterwards.
Stop. Did you read that? Carefully? In the midst of suffering, there IS opportunity.
It’s your opportunity to make up for lost time.
It’s an opportunity for deep healing.
It’s an opportunity to look to what you want to make important in the future, going forward.
Our U.S. history shows that whatever rises to a level of national concern gets funding. I’m hoping that global health issues rise sky-high. Coronavirus is touching everyone, so what official won’t want to be prepared for the next outbreak?
The earth has shown us, in less than 2 months, that this can be our future.
Hopefully, another reaction to this historical turning point will be a more urgent focus on curbing climate change. No one looking at the worldwide pictures of astonishingly clean air and water around the world can doubt human’s hand in pollution any longer.
Another realization hitting Americans across the economic spectrum is how globally interconnected the economies of all nations have become.
U.S. manufacturing ultimately will have to find new ways to make products—and for who knows how long?
I think these challenges all have a positive slant.
Yes, they will be difficult and sometimes painful.
But in the midst of suffering there is opportunity. Let’s find it.
From my home to yours~
Happy Belated Mother’s Day to you all, and especially to those mothers who are also essential workers. Your extraordinary efforts are so appreciated!