Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. Og Mandino
Yesterday we went for a different kind of coffee break. We went through the drive-thru and then we sat in the parking lot with other cars also drinking their coffee. We were out of our house, following the rules, and in solidarity with others doing the same. Last night I went for a walk and met others doing the same. We nodded and said hello but from a distance.
My book club canceled our get together even though there are only five of us. Our Toastmasters meeting will be online tomorrow. Business is still going on and some companies who normally have walk-ins are limiting it to appointment only.
Now is not the time for one of my favorite outings of browsing the book store. It’s not the time for aimlessly walking in malls. If we’ve ever contemplated a simplified life here it is. We have time to think; time to spend with our families having long conversations, and time to read. There is time to go for walks and time to cook. We have time to catch up on our sleep.
This is the first time I can remember reacting to something in advance instead of after it happened. We had the Mississauga derailment when part of Mississauga was evacuated. We had good leadership then, and we have good leadership now.
We’ll probably have a bit of a baby boom when this is all over. With nothing to do people turn to each other and new life finds its way into the world.
We will see some people acting selfishly buying up all the toilet paper in front of people who need it. We hear of people clearing the shelves of meat, and chicken in a full store of people needing the same. We shouldn’t have to put limits on products but we do because some people are not reasonable.
Once you’ve been through tough times, you can only become stronger. Alesha Dixon
Mom told me during the Second World War her neighbor showed her a closet full to the brim with tide laundry soap. More tide than she could hope to use. Somehow people are feeling more secure with their closets full of toilet paper, and their freezer full of meat.
We all need to make society work. On the radio I heard of a man looking for toilet paper, a woman had the last large bag, and he had a small one. They talked and she realized he had a family and it was just she and her husband so she let him have the big bag of toilet paper and she took the small one. That is what we need to do. We need to have enough for our needs, but not enough for our greed.
After all this, we may all keep a bit more stock in our pantry, but if we do it gradually we don’t hurt the supply for others.
We need to work together to make it as good as it can be for everyone. This is a time when we are all in this together. We need to think about others whose immune system may not be as strong.
It’s time to call Grandma not to go visit her. In time, the spring of 2020 will be a memory. It will be a time we learned some things, maybe we made some decisions that change our lives. We might realize we want our lives to be different, our priorities might change. We may learn to be more grateful for what we have and we may realize that a simpler life is desirable.
Pulling together will get us through this. The older generation has lived through worse, now it’s our turn.
He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity. William Samuel Johnson
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it. William Hazlitt
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. Leroy Satchel Paige
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