From Social Distancing to Social Re-Connection
Where should I begin? With the COVID-19 outbreak, “social distancing” has become a term we are all too familiar with now. This has been a period of adjustment, and of course, it would be; these are unprecedented times.
As challenging as it has been, this will eventually come to pass, and I have chosen to turn my attention towards what we are learning about ourselves during this time.
As Bill Gates said in a recent interview:
COVID-19 is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation, or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally; perhaps we should too.
It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this.
It is reminding us that our true work is not our job; that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other, and to be of benefit to one another.
It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle that will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.
Whereas many see the COVID-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a “great corrector.”
So, what do you think? Do you think Bill is on to something? Do you think this is the wake-up call we all needed to change our perspective? I believe we have a chance to use this as an opportunity to grow stronger as humans.
I hope “social distancing” is replaced with a new word that we all get comfortable with “social re-connection.”