As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are making special efforts to reach out to family members, friends, and other loved ones to make sure they’re okay. We want to make sure everyone we care about is healthy, happy if they can be, and taking the appropriate steps to maintain those two conditions.
But you really have to wonder: What the hell were we waiting for?
Carelessness and thoughtlessness are insidious things. Think about it: Were any of us deliberately hanging around thinking, “By gum, as soon as we get a global pandemic or two around here, I’m going to start checking in with everyone I care about to make sure everything’s hunky-dory?” I don’t think so. At the very least, I hope not.
It’s more likely that day-to-day preoccupations — the myriad vagaries of life and living — supersede caring and thoughtfulness with ersatz senses of importance and urgency.
Yes. I know. The house needs to be cleaned. The bills need to be paid. The groceries need to be bought. The meals need to be prepared. The kids need to be supervised. The lawn needs to be mowed. Your boss wants whatever it is you’re working on yesterday, with a progress report the day before that. Your neighbor keeps calling because he can’t find his circuit breaker, so he can’t get his sump pump working. The battery in your car needs to be replaced because you haven’t driven anywhere in months. And the exhaust system on your car also needs to be replaced because all the condensation that collected in there from all the driving you didn’t do corroded the whole damn thing.
But you really can’t find five minutes to call your Mom or your Uncle Bert? Come on.
We can do better:
If we think of COVID as an opportunity, we just might be amazed at what we can accomplish and all the connections we can make.
Shall we start now?