Life has changed significantly for most of us, since the last time I posted. We have been ordered to shelter in place, told to social distance, and only go out for necessities. People are hoarding food from the shelves, and toilet paper is more coveted than a troy ounce of gold possibly.
It is a different life in a world with which we are unfamiliar. Uncertainty. This is a word which we want to find our way out of and PRONTO. I am no exception but I’m going to stay with that word, UNCERTAINTY and more importantly that intangible, uneasy feeling it provides for a moment.
What has come out of that uncertainty? Fear personified in various forms–liquor & pot sales are through the roof, paper products in high demand, shoppers with carts of full of food stuffs that they may not otherwise purchase. Is this what we choose to feast on for the time being? Food, fear, drugs & alcohol–what a combination! Will we need a virus to sink the ship of mankind? Not likely. Just keep up with the news cycle, (I’ve termed THE DAILY TERROR REPORT) and we will need no virus to consume us. We will do a fine job of it ourselves. Now this got me to wondering….
Are we obsessed with the number of shootings and daily death tolls, as well as the tally from our inner cities? I see no update or scroll regarding such statistics, do you? I don’t recall seeing any numbers regarding refugees and their plight as well as deaths in Syria, do you? At best, these are blurbs dwarfed and drowned out by the next story. You may answer, THIS IS A PANDEMIC, A DIFFERENT SCENARIO. YOU would be right TO AN EXTENT. I will leave it up to you as a reader, to determine that extent & differentiation. Numbers are available; and I’m not speaking to projections or estimates.
On a more positive note, have you noticed the uptick in creativity? Memes of a prominent mayor from my state keep popping up in the most unlikely places. They are quite good–and reinforce our stay at home guidelines. Type in LORI LIGHTFOOT MEMES if you need a humor escape. And really, who doesn’t at this point. Have you seen the creative ways people have developed to stay fit? From kiddy obstacle courses to juggling a roll of toilet paper by a women’s college soccer team, there is no excuse not to keep your mind & body engaged. Also if you have XFINITY, THE GREAT COURSES are now on demand & free.
Ok so much for the feast. It’s time to talk FAMINE.
As I stated earlier, a daily diet or feast of fear will do little to lift our spirits. Staying informed and updated is different from this daily dose of infection; and I’m not necessarily talking the one you think. It’s time to inject a little fasting.
Intermittent fasting has been touted as one way to move the scale. So what about a little intermittent fasting from the TV? I wonder…what will that do to move the needle–especially away from drugs & alcohol? Let’s face it, you can only binge on your favorite foods for so long without repercussions. So the same could be said for the binge on this. Only one way to find out.
All for now. Keep up and keep at it.
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