I’m hearing a phrase tossed around a lot lately–“may you live in interesting times.” It’s supposed to be a curse, purportedly by the Chinese, but someone may have made that up (at least according to my googling).
Regardless of the origin of the phrase, it certainly encapsulates the situation right now…interesting times.
The situation changes almost hourly, and thanks to the Internet, there is always more to read. It’s a daily, hourly, sometimes minute-by-minute challenge to remember that the news isn’t the only reality.
We are, like many of you, practicing social distancing and withdrawing from activities that can increase the spread of the disease. We’re considering the welfare of not only ourselves, but society as a whole, and deciding that it’s not worth the risk to continue to act as though nothing is happening. We are all one, and all vulnerable. Being careful with each other is the only way we have to protect each other and ourselves. So for now, we are not hugging, not touching, maintaining a safe (though loving) distance.
We are honoring the recommendations by officials to refrain from participating in events of more than 10 people at this time. Like most of you, we don’t know when this will change. This makes planning the future very tricky. So for right now, we are focusing on the present and waiting to see what comes next.
It’s a little like this photo. We are the trees, blooming, while all around us swirls the fog. It’s hard to see beyond a certain distance. We can worry and fret, or we can simply bloom.