Around the world a lot of people are either ill, waiting to be ill, afraid of being ill, getting over being ill or being gravely ill. Everywhere in our country there is an abundance of panic. A close friend just returned from the grocery store where she said the shelves were stripped of many items and people were clearly acting irrationally.
I am seeking ways to remain as calm as is possible, despite the widespread hysteria. I am not consistently successful! But among the things I am not worried about:
- Running out of toilet paper. A new phone book will be delivered any day.
- Running out of books to read. I have a pile of books I have never gotten to!
- Having no choices of things to watch. Netflix and Amazon could keep me entertained forever.
- Being socially isolated. It is spring now and I can walk outside while I am healthy.
- Having no one to talk to. My friends are a phone call away.
- Having no on-line connections. My readership keeps climbing and I have a group of blogging friends.
For those of you who have a faith life, you will know of the many ways I experience moments of calm through prayer and reading.
Panic disturbs the body and doesn’t help protect us in this crisis. I hope we can continue to help each other calm down. None of us has control over the disease. We can attempt to corral in our own fear and seek rest in these times. Peace friends.