I don't think anyone saw this day coming. That we would be on "lock down" due to a deadly disease that has spun out of control. America is currently leading in the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases and deaths, and at this point there is no end in sight. There are so many unanswered questions, fake news and inconsistent messaging which is creating inconsistent human behavior throughout the globe. "It was a bat!" "It was the fifth generation of tech!" "It was a hoax created by democrats!," they said. With all that said, seeking the truth out (though now harder) is more important than ever and our faith is even more paramount. People are falling ill and in worse cases, dying. Everyone is having their own experience in response to this global pandemic, making it crucial now more than ever to show grace, compassion and vulnerability.
On the flip side, as we stay on edge, waiting to be let out... a lot of people are being called on a journey within of relentless self-love; finishing that project they never got to finish, reaching out to those people they didn't have time for because of their strenuous workdays, healing their bodies by revamping their daily nutrition and exercise routines, creating art, allowing themselves to feel... and as we heal, the world also heals. Cities once smoggy from human and technology pollution now have skyline views. Italy's Grand Canal has freshwater and animals that have not been seen out in the open are peeking out in awe.
I've been having very intense conversations with the "man in the mirror" as well and overall have been in a deep state of reflection. What has worked for me thus far? What has not worked for me and what are some things I may need to do to get the results I desire? What now? How can I take the skills that I have and step things up a notch? In addition to that, I have also been resting, staying on top of my therapy sessions, dealing with each moment as it unfolds, communicating with my doctors and in search of my personal cure for Lupus.
In times like these, aside from diving deep into my creativity, I tend to rely on my relationship with the creator and recall on times I faced difficult circumstances, but things worked out for the greater good. I then ground myself with the Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.
Feel free to reach out and share your experiences... Amidst the darkness, what is your light?