NOTE: I wrote this before the horrendous killings in Boulder but after the one in Georgia. In spite of these events, or maybe because, I think we need to find something positive for every day we are alive. This does not mean we do not mourn, but rather that we find something in our lives that we can celebrate, such as seeing my first daffodils of Spring or congratulating myself on my 15th anniversary of posting on Menupause. Everything adds up, good and bad, so we need to keep a balance between them.
Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic “lock down,” I feel as though I have been living in a sci-fi movie, waiting for the movie to end so that life can go on. Not seeing many members of my family, unable to attend my sister-in-law’s memorial service, or visit my older two children in Nevada and California have been very difficult, especially no hugs! (My younger daughter in Wynnewood does sneak in a hug every so often, with masks on.)
In thinking about these two older children who live in Nevada and California, I remember going to Disney World when they were in their single numbers (now in their 50s) and seeing the “It’s a Small World After All” Pavilion. The concept then seems very clear now: we really are a global village, and the Covid Pandemic has brought our “village” to center stage. As Biden (and others) keep saying. “ We are in this together.” And COVID has seemed to shrink the world, focusing on one thing: survival, both of our lives as well as the planet, since I believe the pandemic is related to Climate Change.
The ramifications of the pandemic seem clearer to me. I am now very aware of the need to be more patient, compassionate, and cooperative with others I come in contact with, as well as myself. We are all struggling on some level or levels: emotionally, physically, mentally, financially, etc. With so many people losing family members and friends, either from COVID or other illnesses, I feel the need to open my heart on a daily basis and remember that we are all struggling on some level.
I recently finished reading and reviewing Green Buddhism by Stephanie Kaza. Many Buddhist concepts can be applied to Climate Change and one of them that resonates with me is that we are not independent, even though most Americans struggle to stay independent. We are interdependent and I think that’s a good thing, because it means we can rely on one another, not only when times are tough, but just as part of everyday life. (Also, having contact with Nature as part of recovering from COVID seems important to be discussed in another esay.)
One thing I learned during the dreadful days and month after months of my divorce was that it was okay to ask for help from family and friends. And since then I have been less afraid to be interdependent, not being so proud that I can do everything myself! That’s a fantasy, not reality for me. Our lives are very complicated and I depend on others to navigate each day, whether it be my family doctor helping me stay healthy, the ZOOM classes from the Senior Center keeping us connected, my husband’s constant companionship, or the maintenance staff in our condo who fixed my leaky sink, hot water knob, and the soap dispenser on the back of my sink. And I hope I can be relied on to help others from afar and eventually in person.
So the “benefit” of this lock down has taught me patience, more compassion, and given me the relief/release of doing nothing and just taking each day as it comes. I have also become more of an activist concerning the environment, because again, we are a global village and we have only this planet as our home. Hopefully, we can scale down our standard of living (with practice from COVID) and make changes in our shopping, cooking, driving, etc. so that we protect our resources instead of use them all up and leave nothing from our younger citizens!
As senior citizens, we’ve experienced good and bad years and we’re still here. I think because we are seniors who do not have a 9 to 5 job, we have the time to be activists in some area that will help us leave our children and grandchildren a cleaner way of living.
What will you do to make a difference in our global village so that we all benefit from life on planet Earth? What “benefits” have you reaped personally from COVID-19 to help you do this? I’d like to know!!
These little yellow flowers were right near the small bouquet of daffodils and I also found a quote
on my tea bag and then on the Internet that seems to fit here:
“What a desolate place would be a world without a flower! It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome. Are not flowers the stars of the earth, and are not our stars the flowers of the heaven.”
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