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What Does “Community” Look Like During Social Distancing?

I will not say these times of COVID-19 are “unprecedented times”.  That is being overused and is obvious.  What is unique to these COVID-19 days, in my opinion, is the extent to which some are looking to government for decisions and related comfort from uncertainty rather than trying to find or create our own level of comfort.  So how do you find comfort and “community” when you are being told by others to stay away from everyone?  Some thoughts:

Community Should Be Where It Always Has Been – What I have found helps ground me in these times of daily reporting of “positive tests” and “deaths”, is the solace that our Creator is in control and ongoing faith in God and goodness of man.  I find comfort in looking past the hype and knowing that in times of chaos the underlying good of mankind and faith will pull us through.  Government is trying its best to get you through this “crisis”, but that comfort is temporary.  We all need to be smart about social interaction and follow guidance, but I believe we need to look to a higher being and a faith community and the comfort of those near you whom love and support you for calm.

Calm Is Both Hard and Easy To Find – It is crazy out there.  Uncertainty abounds.  I have found more peace lately in a long run or bike ride than I have in a long time.  I think it’s because it allows me to focus my existence in the simple beauty of God’s creation rather than that which man is trying to control, but over which has limited control (currently).  It is very calming to “distance” through nature and know that there is no coronavirus along a natural trail or path, but rather thousands of examples of beauty in creation.  Calm is not found on the evening news or Facebook.  More people appear to be getting outside and I hope it is for calm and communion with nature.

Leadership Is Essential – I have found in these strange virus times some incredible examples of true leaders that are not on the daily news or reporting on the statistics on the virus (although many of the medical leaders are amazing minds that will lead us through this).  The true leaders are out doing things in their businesses, towns, and homes to help try to focus long-term, create some comfort, and sustain community at a time when that seems impossible; they are giving money and support to charity with the time and resources available.  People are transforming businesses to try to sustain and help others; sports figures are supporting those that usually support them while they play a game for a living; and people are checking on people (from a distance) like never before to make sure they are “OK”.  Leadership is NOT granted by title; it is how you live your life.  Do not wait on others.  Do what is good for mankind.

My belief is community in times of distancing is in your faith, your family, and your inner being.  Take the time to find that place for the overall good of yourself and others.

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