all of the selves we Have ever been
“In the dark times, will there be singing? Yes.
There will be singing about the dark times.
-- Bertolt Brecht
I stepped away from my computer today to spend time with my family. The expanding measures to protect the safety of the public mean that my family may not be together again for some time.
Overwhelming and unfamiliar situations can cause feelings of unreality, and I am trying to digest the full scope of what is happening. I am shoring up, repeating my mantra, “faith over fear.”
And I do have faith in the Governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine. I have faith in the Director of the Ohio Public Health Department, Dr. Amy Acton. I offer my support for their thoughtful, deliberate action and for courage under fire. I believe the actions they are taking are both wise and kind. And for now, wisdom and kindness are the only antidotes to this disease that are widely available.
I have faith in my family, friends and neighbors. Coronavirus is highly contagious. But so are laughter, hope, happiness, confidence, courage, self-control, and kindness.
I am told that it is easy to catch this disease, this COVID-19. I have faith that while I do what is asked of me, I can, instead, catch some tunes, catch some shows, catch some waves, catch some rays, or catch some z’s.
I prefer those alternatives.
I am not taking this situation lightly. I hope you catch my drift.
And I have faith that I will catch you all tomorrow. Stay well.