Hi. How’s your heart?
I’ll be the first to admit that my heart is a bit troubled. I know at times like this worry does not help, but my human frailty is getting the better of me. I’m not just worried about myself and my loved ones, but the wide-reaching implications of this dreaded virus.
Like some of you, I worry about the way my island’s health system will grapple with the virus if it reaches our shores, and I worry about the impact on businesses, our mental and emotional wellness, relationships, and the economy.
It’s okay to be a bit worried. Just don’t let it consume you. Or rather us. I’m including myself here. Don’t go down the rabbit hole of fear, panic, and worst-case scenarios. More than any other time, we need cool and calm heads to prevail as we do what we can. We can follow the directives that come from official sources, practice good hygiene, social distancing, loads of self-care, check-in on each other, and pray.
If you’re feeling lost or need to talk to someone, I’m here for you. We may not be able to connect physically, but we can always hold space for each other virtually. I can’t think of another time when technology has proven to be such a bridge and a blessing.
Right now more than ever we need to support each other emotionally and otherwise. True sisterhood and community will be put to the test this season. Sisterhood may feel strong and real when we aren’t challenged, but it is manifested when we feel lost, vulnerable, afraid, and alone, yet still willing to hold space for others.
Wishing you health, safety, and community in these times.