7. Practicing Love and Compassion
This pandemic has affected some people more than others. Mary and I are pretty safe. Our income has remained stable, and we have everything we need. However, some people aren’t as lucky. They’ve lost their jobs, and have large families to feed. It is even worse for people who have caught the virus or have lost a loved one.
With all the heartache this pandemic has caused, this is a good time to practice more love and compassion. There are many ways we can put love and compassion into action. Some people might need help with getting their basic needs met, such as food and medicine, especially older people who live alone.
Some people may simply need more social interaction. We can still interact with each other while keeping a safe distance. I’ve made it a point to chat with my neighbors whenever I see them. It’s amazing how friendly they’ve become during this pandemic. I also participate in a weekly online meditation meeting.
There are a variety of different ways you can help others, especially if you’re at low risk of having a severe reaction to the virus. Each of us can help others, even if it’s by just bringing a smile to someone’s face. This can help more than you might think. You never know if someone may be having a difficult time coping with this crisis.
Although we’ve been forced to stay separate, we still need each other. In fact, we need more people than we realized before. Think for a moment about all the things you buy at the grocery store. With each item, there are many different people involved in making them available to us.
For example, take a look at the lettuce you purchased. A different person was involved in supplying the seeds to plant, prepare the soil, to plant the seeds, water the lettuce; then harvest, package, transport, stock shelves, and receive our payment. And this is just for the lettuce.
If we think about it, it’s not too difficult to see how we are all interconnected and depend on each other in some way. Even people that we don’t have direct contact with play an important part in our economy, which we are all dependent upon. This crisis is helping us see more clearly how the world works, and helping us gain a greater appreciation for all the people in it.
9. What’s Really Important in Life
Most of us go through our lives not thinking of what’s really important. We get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of the bigger picture. This usually happens when we’re younger, and trying to build a career and a family. But as we get older, our perspective on life changes.
As we get older, we begin to see the things we cherish slip away. Our children move away, our parents get old and pass on, and our own health begins to decline. These changes force us to reexamine what is really important in our lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having the same effect on many of us. Whenever our lives are truly threatened, it forces us to think about our own mortality, and of those we love. Impermanence becomes a reality, and not just a concept.
I think what this pandemic can teach us is that life is both a miracle, and at the same time fragile. It is a miracle in the sense that it is so complex. I think it is quite fascinating that all forms of life are unique, and have the ability to survive for long periods even during adverse conditions.
It seems the more I observe animals, the more beauty I see in them. There is an innocence about them, and an ability to express love for their own, and other species, that makes me truly appreciate them.
“The miracle of life is enough for me to believe in miracles.” ~ Anthony D. Williams
While all life forms have a strong instinct for survival, they are also quite fragile. Life can be lost at any time, as some of us are sadly realizing during this pandemic. There are some things in life that we cannot beat, at least not at an individual level. This is why it’s so important to be mindful of our health and to be grateful for all the blessings in our life.