March 21, 2020
Accept this situation for what it is, do your part to help stop the spread, and don't forget to breathe. This is the time to focus on reflection, becoming aware of our emotions, whatever they may be, and making a conscious effort to realign ourselves. We may not be able to change outside circumstances, but we can choose how we allow ourselves to process our internal states of being. If you find yourself feeling in despair due to current external circumstances, recognize that this is how you are feeling. Allow yourself to become aware that this is how you are feeling, and then do your best to consciously redirect your experience of this situation. One helpful way to do this is by allowing yourself to focus on gratitude. Personally, one thing that I am incredibly grateful for during this experience, is our access to information and technology. Plagues and pandemics have occurred countless times throughout history and in the past, information came through very slowly, adding to the extended state of uncertainty and fear. We are now incredibly fortunate to be able to stay informed and in constant contact with each other during this incredibly difficult time. We can interact with each other in real time even while practicing physical social distancing. This does not mean that we are not clearly affected by the severe disruption this is causing in all of our lives, but it is simply a reminder to take a moment to acknowledge the many advantages that we have, over other generations who had to experience similarly tragic situations.
Stay home, stay connected, and stay safe. We are all in this together.