I cannot believe we are in a situation where people are hoarding toilet paper, being told to stay home, closing schools, and closing church doors. I have been most disturbed by how FB posts had been so mean spirited toward the closures by using the word “ignorant” to describe the decisions being made to keep us safe and level out the spread of the virus.

Recently I have seen FB posts offering help to others: childcare, delivering meals, etc. This is awesome and what I believe any crisis is intended to do; bring communities together in a more cooperative way.

For the record, I am not angry about closures and I do not believe in a government conspiracy. I am concerned that our current White House Administration did not think it was wise to disband the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. However, what is done is done and now I and everyone else has to find a way to stay safe and stay kind. Here are my thoughts on how to use this time to enhance our lives and the lives of our community and our world.

C  Compassion: Love my neighbor, do what is best for their health

O  Organizing:    Clutter clearing, creating donation boxes

R  Rest:              Gifting myself w/ a nap, restful ways to renew my spirit

O  Organizing:    Review my priorities, time and how to best use that time

N  Need:s           Evaluate my needs vs my wants, ways to serve other’s 

A  Authenticity:   Am I walking my talk in faith? Am I living, moving and     breathing in truth             

V  Victory :           Believing in the healing of minds, bodies, and Spirits 

I  Inner Work:    Embracing the time to get myself in order in all that I AM

R  Respect:         Honoring those who are making decisions for my safety

U  Unity:              Coming together for my planet, my global family

S  Sacrifice:        Giving up my freedom to come & go so that safety & health can be restored

“They will know we are Christians by our love.” Even if you aren’t Christian, our family, neighbors, and world will also know that we are decent humans by walking the talk of compassion. For me, I want my thoughts, feelings, words and actions to come from a place of compassion and kindness because that is my Sacred goal.

May we all in whatever form we believe, show some METTA; loving kindness right now.