Reawakening




Seedlings sprout.

In British Columbia, it was announced that mid-May we will enter Phase 2 of our relationship with
Covid-19. Our social circles can expand cautiously, some parks will reopen and some businesses will reopen if they have a plan to keep employees and customers safe.  Dr. Henry, our Public Medical Officer has a new mantra, "Big spaces, few faces."

Lilacs bloom.
Federal wage subsidies are being extended to support those most affected by the economic downturn and essential workers are having a top-up to their earnings. We are so fortunate to live in a country whose priority is supporting its people. I listen to the BBC World Service radio and I feel so sad for the people of India and of Brazil. In North America, it is the poor and the elderly who are suffering the worst from the pandemic. We are being taught a bitter lesson about inequality and injustice in the world.

Gardens grow.

We, in the First World, are forced to accept uncertainty. Retirees can't make travel plans or hair appointments. The gym is closed and some groceries are in short supply. We miss spending time with our family and friends. Younger people face uncertainty in the workplace. How long before they can safely go back to work or school? What will the job look like in the future?

Poppies turn towards the sun.

A friend shared a passage about perspective with me yesterday. A person born in 1900 had lived through two devastating World Wars, the 1918 pandemic and a global economic depression before they reached the age of 50.  During my 68 years on the planet, I have experienced some disappointments, very little discomfort and no disasters.

Perspective....ever so important. It is a fortunate person who has not experienced much hardship. Or
maybe not! I really don't know. Right now, we have been given time to think about the difficult questions.

I just received a fanout from the church that I attend. This week, they produced a beautiful YouTube based on the writings of John O'Donohue. It is really lovely.










Comments

  1. Perspective is so important. We have food and comfortable homes, technology to keep us connected and a most beautiful world to enjoy. Others suffer far more in unimaginable ways. I hope that at the end of this we are more compassionate.

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    1. I just listened to Aisha Ahmed on Tapestry . She was talking about how sustained confinement could become an invitation to find new ways. Perhaps, we will become more generous and compassionate.

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  2. I saw that passage, too, about what a person born in 1900 would have experienced in her lifetime. It's good to think about these days from such a perspective. Like you, over my lifetime, I have known disappointment and loss, but very little discomfort and no disasters. I've always had more than enough of everything I needed and even abundance of things I wanted. This season of isolation has been a quiet, pleasant time for me, but my heart does ache for those dear folk whose lives are shattered by these changes and shifts going on right now.

    What a lovely youtube video.

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    1. Yes, I realize that I have a lot to be grateful for. Those people in countries with extreme poverty or with leaders who are deniers or where health care is unavailable to the poor
      are suffering greatly. Hopefully, the world will learn to share and to cooperate in the future.

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