Our Inhabited Garden: The Silver Lining Beyond COVID19

March 28, 2020

 

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”  ― Goethe

 

With the entire planet on pause, most of us are struggling with how to deal with the overwhelming frustration and anxiety that comes with the necessity to isolate and contain the lethal contagion of COVID19. 

 

We understand that it’s for the safety and protection of our nation.

 

But, let’s get real.  It’s the isolation that gets to us the most.

 

For the first time in history, a simultaneous world-wide epidemic has forced us to stop our daily rituals and open social interaction and pay attention.

 

REAL attention. Not just about what we’re doing personally, but how it affects your family, your neighbors, your community and nation.  People we have never, and will never, meet are affected by how each and every one of us contribute to the greater good. 

 

I’ll be honest and say I was a little slow to come to this reality. Sadly, we’ve become used to seeing disaster and calamity every night on the news.  But, this isn’t what happens to people ‘over there’ any more, miles from where we live.  We are truly in this together. Worldwide.

 

Yes, our practical mind is telling us, this is temporary.  We just have to get through this.  Our old life is waiting patiently on the other side of the daily TV briefings, testing, lack of respirators, PPE’s and the apparent and sudden extinction of toilet paper.  

 

But, in my mind, the true ‘aha’ moment recently was that, in reality, I had to acknowledge that our ‘old’ way of life is already gone.  In it’s place, a new sense of vulnerability and questioning of everything and everyone that we come into contact with going forward. 

 

Can you honestly say you feel you won’t cringe a year from now when standing in a store checkout line and hear someone start to cough over your shoulder? 

 

Or wonder whether you need to ‘stock up’ a little more on an average grocery shopping run in the future than you normally would have in the past?  Just ‘in case’.

 

Might you dance a little jig at some distant time where you walk down a store aisle and see an entire wall of toilet paper supplies or sanitizer wipes just waiting to be taken home without feeling like you have to body block someone in the process?  

 

No, I think we know that this experience will, and already has, forever changed us and how our society will interact in the future.

 

But, that doesn’t have to mean there isn’t a silver lining. As with any disaster in history, some of the most incredible blessings to humanity have emerged from death and destruction in unimaginable positive ways. 

 

In each scenario, it came down to individuals rising up through their pain and loss, sometimes alone, sometimes in collaboration with others, to create new perspectives, new solutions that generated smiles, healing and joy and they did it where you would never imagine they could ever exist.

 

We’ve been given an opportunity here if we allow ourselves to see it. A Universal life re-set button has been pushed.

 

As the quote at the beginning of this post so beautifully described: “…but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”

 

Amen Goethe! 

 

Our opportunity is that we already live in such an inhabited garden. 

 

Beyond the inconveniences, the painful physical isolation and fear of the unknown and the uncontrollable, we can choose to support, love and energize each other, throughout this ordeal and beyond, into a new way of life. 

 

So, I invite each of you to stop and think of how you can reach out (digitally of course) to those who might need that little extra care, humor and support every one of us needs to get through these trying days. 

 

They are your garden!  Help them flourish and grow with love, care and attention only you can give! 

 

If you think you need a little extra coaching help and support to get through this difficult time, I am conducting coaching sessions by phone to ensure the health and safety of my clients.  In addition, I’m offering a 25% off discount for any session you book in the month of April and May.   

 

Just use the code springspecial25 when you book a session.   

 

To schedule, go to https://www.turningpointscoaching.com/book-online  

 

Be safe. Stay healthy. Stay strong.  We can do this! 

 

Deborah

 

 

 

 

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