Its been awhile since I did a live stream on Facebook. That’s partly because I don’t know what to say. Well, that’s not entirely true. It’s just that I am trying to present some hope and positive words on my live streams and to be quite frank I’m over it. The virus can go away now. I would really like to get on with my life as it was.
It has been labelled as a novel corona virus. The word novel meaning new or unique. Well the novability, novillity, novelitity, whatever, the newness has worn off! We had a staff vote last week at our weekly staff zoom meeting and we unanimously voted for COVID-19 to end. Apparently, that didn’t matter to the virus. It just continues to do its thing and unfortunately, too many people continue to do their thing and spread it around.
I’m generally a little oblivious to my circumstances. I used to travel with a previous job and those trips took me to remote villages, refugee camps and slums of various shapes and sizes. There was more than one occasion when I went out for a walk and when I got back people said are you crazy, you could have gotten hurt, or even killed. I had no idea that what I was doing was not safe.
Now I find myself getting a little apprehensive. The store I shop at had to be closed and cleaned, because someone one on staff got COVID-19. I confess to delaying my visit there for a couple of days. This past week I had to take the car in for service and as I was driving there I felt some anxiety about how safe they would make it for me.
The stats in Canada say that 90% of those who have died are 60 years or older – damn!
I have learned some things during this time. I’m 65 years old, which has been the normal time to retire. I haven’t had any plans to retire soon and this virus lockdown has made it very clear to me that I don’t want to retire any time soon. I would die of boredom in a matter of weeks post retirement.
I also learned that all the things I have put off doing, because I didn’t have the time, I’m still putting off. Apparently having no time is not the real reason.
I learned that my cat can sleep for hours on my lap, man does she have a good life.
Something though that I learned a long time ago, to quote the great poets – Richards and Jagger, “You can’t always get want you want.” As much as I would like COVID-19 to just go away, that is not how things operate in this world. Things are set in motion and barring the occasional miracle those things continue on to completion.
So where are my words of hope in all this? What are my words of hope in all this?
Well my words are not particularly comforting. This is going to go on for awhile and we are just going to have to tough it out. For some of us that is easier then for others. The homeless, the one parent families, the poor, the unhealthy, the marginalized are suffering disproportionately. They need care, compassion, prayers and consideration. Reaching out and helping is not easy right now, but there are ways of doing it.
Some of you bolder, healthier and younger people can volunteer at a foodbank. Some of you with strong financial resources can donate. Some of you who really know how to pray something through can get down on your knees and pray. Some of you who are good are connecting can call, text and post words of care and encouragement. Some of you who are politically connected can encourage your elected representatives, give them advice and support.
If you really think about it, even those of you who are struggling the most, there is something you can do for someone else – a parent, your child, the online teacher, a neighbour. Someone. Something. It is amazing how fulfilling serving someone else is. Even the most modest way of reaching out can bring you personal satisfaction and joy. It can lift up your spirits and carry you through this time as you tough out the isolation of this pandemic lockout.
The apostle Peter writes, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)
As I said earlier, my words of hope are not entirely comforting. I’ve been around awhile now and I am convinced that as we serve others, and heaven knows right now people need that service, we in turn are uplifted, strengthened, encouraged, fulfilled, etc., etc. and this becomes a personal source of comfort and hope.
Take care of yourselves – Kevin.
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