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Thursday, March 19, 2020

A Break in the Action

We interrupt our series on Trauma in the Spiritual Life to discuss something we may all be getting close to being tired of hearing about - COVID 19, or the Corona Virus. Despite perhaps being tired of hearing about it and wondering if anything else is going on in the world (plenty is!), I would be remiss if I didn't mention it here in this blog.

The unknown is one of the most stressful things for us to deal with, and in this new virus we are confronted with more unknowns that certainties. We aren't absolutely sure how the virus is transmitted, though we believe that one way is through coming into contact with secretions from
infected people. Sneezes, coughs, runny noses, and - for some of you - your habit of drooling uncontrollably will transmit the virus. As with many diseases, we don't seem to need to be having symptoms to be carriers and transmitters of this illness. That means we can have it, not know it, and pass it on to someone who may be killed by it without either of us knowing.

Despite mixed messages from government officials, fools running off to spring break not caring that they may come home and infect those who can't afford to have this illness, and all of the other nonsense that is going on, we can do the right thing. We can stay home if we feel sick, and we can keep a safe distance from one another even if we feel fine. Despite the fact that we are conditioned to an unhealthy level of busyness, it isn't good for us and we will survive slowing down. In fact, it will be good for us! So order some books or some movies, talk with family members who live in your house even though it has been ages since you tried, make babies, call friends. Learn about yourself and others. See what we all have been missing in our flurry of self importance. We may look back on this time as the best of our lives.

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