I can’t begin to fathom the pain and hardship of those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 or are suffering from it.
We who have thus far been spared are indeed living a surreal existence.
One thing, however, is very real: the heightened realization that nothing in life can or should be taken for granted.
If you can, leverage that realization by putting your thoughts, feelings, and stories into writing — and sharing them with your world. Yes, I’m suggesting you blog.
I know, many of you can’t even think about partaking in the luxury of blogging in these trying times. I understand I’m running the risk of sounding tone deaf and out of touch to suggest otherwise.
Yet that’s exactly what I’m doing.
In recent days and weeks, memories long dormant have been popping back into my consciousness.
I’ve been feeling grateful for small things I probably wouldn’t even have noticed a month ago.
Petty grievances seem so “2019” now (which is saying a lot for a sexagenarian with curmudgeonly tendencies).
And, to be honest, I find myself with a little more time on my hands.
Does any of this sound like you?
I do hope you and your loved ones are staying safe. I hope you are able to connect with people safely. I hope you are coping. I hope you are giving and receiving compassion. I hope you are finding ways to not only survive but thrive, despite all that is so daunting.
Think about sharing your stories online.
Your stories don’t have to be long. They don’t have to be perfect. They don’t have to go viral.
This is a time for storytelling if there ever was one.
- Tell about the virtual board games you play with your grandkids.
- Share fond remembrances of loved ones.
- Recount funny stories about times you were foolish.
- Thank friends, neighbors, grocery clerks, delivery drivers healthcare workers, and anyone else for their selfless acts of kindness.
Tell these stories out loud, online.
Tell these stories for your followers, for your friends, for your children, for your parents.
Tell these stories for yourself.
If and when you do, please consider telling me and anyone else who lands on this Web page about it, in the comments below.
Thanks for listening. Stay safe and be well.