March 30, 2020

Sharing the Same Moon

Covid-19. Week 3 of self-isolation.


The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of the conqueror. Joyce Meyer.

The world feels like it is shut down. There is a stunning stillness to it. It’s amazing when you stop to think about that. Really.

The question we are all facing is how to cope with the NOW and how will we deal with WHAT COMES AFTER, when the world starts up again.

And it will start again. It is just a question of WHEN.

Necessity is the mother of invention. This is the toughest challenge the world community has faced for decades. For the fortunate wealthy few, the Coronavirus will be less onerous. For the population at large, it is a major calamity. Covid-19 will  impact on every aspect of society.

We will all be different when this is over. That’s what happens when a violent change upends the status quo. In the aftermath of the virus, fresh winds will blow, new ideas will bloom and flourish. The younger generation will find a willing audience for its voice.

Over the weekend, a friend of mine who lives in Spain, told me about a shipment of medical supplies that arrived from China. On the outside of the package someone had written: We are oceans apart but we share the same moon.

As I mulled that around in my mind for awhile, I thought about something I had read a long time ago attributed to the late American author and Nobel Laureate, Saul Bellow:

“If you think that historical forces are sending everybody straight to hell you can either go resignedly with the procession or hold out, and hold out not from pride or other personal motives, but from admiration and love for human abilities and powers which, without exaggeration, the words’miarcle’ and ‘sublimity’ can be applied.”

He was right. We will prevail.

Stay safe. Stay connected. Be considerate.


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