Who would’ve thunk it? Three months into 2020 and we’re on lockdown. New York City schools are closed, Broadway is dark, church services are canceled indefinitely because of the 500 max ban and we’re all in the house because of Rona AKA the Coronavirus. Rockefeller Center was quiet as a mouse on Friday and you could literally do cartwheels in the middle of Times Square and live to tell about it. New York City: Manhattan specifically feels like it did during 9/11. How does it feel in your neck of the woods?
Subways and buses are empty, which is actually a good thing because now you can pick your seat as you travel to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or some other market to stock up. P.S. Whole Foods has great sales on fresh produce. Go get you some because fresh produce is what’s going to get you through Rona. The stronger your immune system the less chance of contracting Rona or any other virus for that matter. That’s my focus; keeping my immune system strong and using my food as medicine, in the same way, I do on any other day. My immune-boosting arsenal consists of:
Oh, and I’m also using a humidifier with an essential oil tray filled with Eucalyptus. Rona or not, everyone ought to pick up a humidifier because it reduces airborne viruses and bacteria, improves sleep, and soothes dry skin. Do you have a humidifier?
Now with all that said, I have a few questions that need answers: what’s with the hoarding of toilet paper? Do you have the runs? Are you expecting the runs because of all the fresh produce you’re eating? Why are you buying so much toilet paper? I went to three stores yesterday and couldn’t find one roll: not one! My last resort was a 7-Eleven and they were sold out! What on earth are you doing with so much toilet paper?
As I await your answers, how are you dealing with the new turn of events? I don’t know about you, however, prior to Rona, I’d never heard of social distancing. I went to my friend Pete’s bagel shop yesterday and met a guy who lives alone and is having a hard time with it. He said, “I feel like the walls are closing in on me. I had to get out, so I came out for a walk and ended up here. Don’t know how I’m gonna make it with everything closed because of social distancing. Who made that up? It sucks!” P.S. if you live in Brooklyn or are visiting NY and you want a good bagel and excellent customer service in a friendly atmosphere, go see Pete at Court Street Bagels (181 Court Street) and tell him Chase sent you.
While some people can’t handle our new reality of social distancing, it’s fine with me. There are two sides to me; one side, the extrovert, that loves peopleing, socializing and talking to strangers and the other side, the introvert who enjoys her own company immensely.
I took a trip to Whole Foods on Saturday morning and that filled the extrovert in me because New Yorkers really come together in times of crisis. I had so many conversations with strangers about how we’re getting through this time and we all offered words of encouragement to each other and helped out where we could, for example, I didn’t bring enough bags with me so the nice couple behind me paid for my extra bags just as I was about to give the cashier a dollar.
In the midst of it all, God revealed something to me so powerful while in Whole Foods that I stopped dead in my tracks. While we didn’t know Rona was on the horizon, he did, and he made sure I would be just fine. We live life forward and understand it backward. How many times have you been in a situation that you didn’t understand until months or sometimes years later? Now some of the events of last year make perfect sense.
So are you stressed by Rona? Don’t be! I’ve lived long enough and been through enough to know that God’s got me and you. When your life has been like the video below, Rona doesn’t faze you one bit. You do what you have to do, and you keep putting one foot in front of the other while leaning on the everlasting arms. It’s really all any of us can do during uncertain times. God is still in control and every promise in his word still stands. He will never leave me or forsake me and the same is true for you if you are His. Like any other storm or disturbance, this too shall and will pass.
A book arrived in the mail on Saturday that I was not expecting. The Shift; Courageously Moving From Season to Season by Keion Henderson could not be more appropriate as we navigate our way through Rona. As the title of this post says, Rona Is Forcing Us To Shift. In the section titled Basic Training, Keion says,
“Every problem, conflict, loss, disappointment, and painful circumstance we experience contributes to our basic training. God uses them to refine us. Through struggle, we gain the strength we need for our success. It’s critical, then, that when we are having valley moments when life looks bleak, we don’t lose our sensibilities and abandon our faith. In our frustration or anger or sadness, we must not succumb to evil or arrogance or detachment. We can’t shut down.
Because God is still speaking. God remains present in our pain and is committed to teaching us what we need to know for the next step or level in our life journey. This season of shifting is a time for God to give you the skill set you’re going to need in the next chapter of your life. Everything you’re going through is basic training for everything you’re going to. So how will you come out on the other side of Rona?
Something to think about…
What say you? How are you affected by Rona? Are you on lockdown? Is church canceled for you? What about work? How is Rona forcing you to shift and how many rolls/packs of toilet paper did you buy?
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