Finding peace in challenging times
We definitely living in difficult and challenging times. It’s not easy being told that you have to stand 6 feet apart from your neighbour, you can’t travel to see your family and while at least where I live, you no longer have to wait in line at the grocery store, it’s still hard.
One of the things that I can do is keep my own house in order and when I say that I mean my own mental health. I look for ways to be quiet and reflect. How can I calm my own anxiety of the current climate out in the world? I sometimes think of what it would have been like for the last pandemic. The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic caused by the H1N1 influenza A virus. Lasting from February 1918 to April 1920, it infected 500 million people – about a third of the world’s population at the time – in four successive waves. The death toll is typically estimated to have been somewhere between 17 million and 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.
Worldwide health care has improved ten fold since then. I am not writing this to make it harder but to say that there is a light ahead and the light that has the ability to shine the brightest is with us. We just have to take the time to find it and nurture it.