Corona Virus - Where's the Inspiration ?



How can we avoid fear and try to stay inspired with life? Our "bubble of complacency" has just burst, and the world changed almost overnight.

On December 28, 2019, I published a blog titled "How to Survive 2020". The subtitle was "2020 is Going to Rock Your Gypsy Soul". My basis for thinking that this year was going to be a bit crazy was mainly political. It is an election year, and the country is divided as ever. However, I was also aware of an astrological forecast of a planetary configuration called a "stellium," where two or more planets are "conjunct" or within a few degrees of each other. Although I only hold astrology as possibilities and not carved in stone, what astrologers have been saying for the past few years about the 2020 Capricorn stellium had my attention. Without even going into details with interpretation, I knew that it might be an intense year. The possibilities were there. 


As of March 2020, as I write this, the coronavirus has been declared a pandemic.

"A pandemic is an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or worldwide" - Wikipedia. 


The entire country of Italy is in shutdown and quarantine. China quarantined 60 million people. Airlines and large pubic gatherings have been stopped. And this is just the beginning.

In the U.S., we have suddenly almost stopped everything. Public events and gathering over 50, even 10 are not encouraged. Our lives may have been changed forever as a result of this. We need to keep moving forward, even if it means isolating and enjoying the solitude as a part of the process.

Where is the inspiration in this if any?

 The financial markets have collapsed - showing similar declines as in the 2008 financial crisis. Then they rose 9% in one day after dropping the worst since 1987. Then collapsed again. The Emergency Powers Act was passed which also included a public-private all-out effort to contain or reduce the spread of the COvid-19 virus.

Fears of economic fallout combine with health concerns. Jobs, homes, security, travel, optimism, hope, and any happiness may be tossed out the window. Is the world about to be quarantined, and our peace of mind along with it?

This past week - March 7-14h rocked our gypsy soul. We are only ten weeks into this new year. Fear is a common experience now. 

Yet there are other perspectives besides fear.

Here's what one doctor says on Facebook

"I'm a doctor and an Infectious Diseases Specialist. I've been at this for more than 20 years seeing sick patients on a daily basis. I have worked in inner city hospitals and in the poorest slums of Africa. HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis,TB, SARS, Measles, Shingles, Whooping cough, Diphtheria...there is little I haven't been exposed to in my profession. And with notable exception of SARS, very little has left me feeling vulnerable, overwhelmed or downright scared. 

 I am not scared of Covid-19. I am concerned about the implications of a novel infectious agent that has spread the world over and continues to find new footholds in different soil. I am rightly concerned for the welfare of those who are elderly, in frail health or disenfranchised who stand to suffer mostly, and disproportionately, at the hands of this new scourge. But I am not scared of Covid-19.

 What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world. I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others. I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they "probably don't have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know..." and those with heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and strokes will pay the price for overfilled ER waiting rooms with only so many doctors and nurses to assess. 

 I am scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be canceled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialize. And well, even that big party called the Olympic Games...that could be kyboshed too. Can you even imagine?

 I'm scared those same epidemic fears will limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession. 

 But mostly, I'm scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, open-mindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested.

 Covid-19 is nowhere near over. It will be coming to a city, a hospital, a friend, even a family member near you at some point. Expect it. Stop waiting to be surprised further. The fact is the virus itself will not likely do much harm when it arrives. But our own behaviors and "fight for yourself above all else" attitude could prove disastrous. 

 I implore you all. Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education. We have an opportunity to learn a great deal about health hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases in our society. Let's meet this challenge together in the best spirit of compassion for others, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to seek truth, facts and knowledge as opposed to conjecture, speculation and catastrophizing.

 Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts.

 Our children will thank us for it."

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Then there is compassion. Let's not judge others for having fear, or overreacting. Elizabeth Gilbert shares some wisdom on Facebook.

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Dear Ones—

 For now, the only thing I have to say about the Coronavirus is this: 

 Let's not judge people too fiercely for how they are reacting to this situation. 

 It may be the case that people are overreacting, or it may be that they are under-reacting.... it's not my place to judge that. I don't have all the answers and I can't see into the future—no more than anybody else can. 

 But I do know that when I add my condemnation to the conversation, it just ratchets up hysteria in a different way—and most of all, it's not kind. 

 If you believe that somebody is overreacting, just try to remember that another word for "overreaction" is "fear". Try to be compassionate, not contemptuous. We don't all share the same fears, but we all know what fear feels like, and it's a terrible sensation. I wouldn't wish fear on anybody, and I know that a lot of people are genuinely afraid right now. 

 I have no way of knowing how many people are going to suffer physically from this virus, but I do know that millions of people are already suffering from it emotionally—and those people need love, not contempt. Those people are my brothers and sisters. Let me never forget my compassion for their anxiety, rather than telling them how they should or should not be feeling.

 And let me also show a strong measure of mercy to the people across the world who are running institutions, schools, governments, and companies right now. Those people are faced with the supremely unenviable task of trying to figure out how to respond to this crisis responsibly. There is no playbook. They will make mistakes. They will overreact; they will under react. They are human beings in an impossible dilemma. I would not wish to be the person faced with such massive, impactful decisions right now. Let me show compassion to them. 

 Let me show compassion to all. 

 And let me never stop asking: "How can I help?""

-ELizabeth Gilbert 

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Fear can be also replaced with faith and love. As I am putting the final touches on a book titled Inspiration and Gratitude - a Journey of Loving Life I am challenged by the new normal in the world now. The pandemic that I have never experienced in my life. The economic fallout and the world suddenly changing.

I practice meditation and it is the only time of the day in which I consciously let go and experience a deep peace, sometimes a subtle presence, and a connection with the Divine Spirit. This is where my inspiration comes from - within. Even without a pandemic to cause more fear in our daily life, there is always something to worry about or to keep us off balance. Meditation and prayer are my daily retreats, my daily sanctuary, and my source of inspiration. I recommend it.

In addition to our attitude and replacing fear with faith and love, we need to take precautions and be sensible with the information that we have for prevention.

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The world is coming together in an unprecedented way to fight this pandemic. It is a sign of cooperation and affirmation of the potentials of humanity moving forward. Yet this will probably be tested again in one way or another. We need to be prepared with a strong inner inspired faith, a strong immune system, and a sense of love combined with mindfulness.

Be strong.

Have inspiration and faith. Replace fear with love. We are all in this together. We will get through it. Life may not be the same again or for quite a while. Yet the human spirit has amazing resilience.

Blessings and gratitude to all responders, medical staff, and caregivers.

Blessings to all.

Carpe diem.

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