Monday, when I had to go pick up my things from my office, I recall having a good ten minute chat with another person that works within the school. He’s an older individual in a different line of work, but we found such comfort to just talk to someone about everything that is happening in the world, and how it is affecting our family and our community. I suppose it also helped that he and I have a pre-existing rapport. But one thing that really stuck out is when he exclaimed that in all his years, he has never seen anything like this, or seen this happen. Now, whether his remark was referring to the schools shutting down, or the global pandemic itself, it spoke volumes. This is a very critical time for the world, the whole world, and that is insane!
And for most people, even though this pandemic may present itself as new, it is not the first trial, tribulation or struggle they’ve walked through. And really it should be treated just like another one: a trial, and struggle that we’ll get through. Whether it be through faith in action, positivity or perseverance, we will get through this together. Together is a key word there because our strength will be stronger in numbers, so we have to join together, support one another and be sensitive to each other. Be grateful for the family or friends you are in isolation with, and if you are in isolation or quarantine on your own, be grateful for this community- and lean on it! We are so lucky to have an online community from videos, to bloggers, to facetime, you name it – it has allowed people have a sense of family and community while in isolation, and I hope it continues to! But don’t give up, stay positive, and know that it will get better.
I like to acknowledge all my brothers and sisters that serve God, so here are some encouraging messages, from a multi-faith persepctive, inclusivity is important!
“For many afflictions, silence is the best remedy.” Talmud, Megillah, 18a
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ” – Holy Bible (NIV) Deuteronomy 31:6
“And never give up hope of Allah’s soothing mercy, truly no one despairs of Allah’s soothing mercy, except those who have no faith” – Holy Quran 12:87
If you are person of faith, right now is the best time to challenge it and exercise it, and if you are not a person of faith, maybe it’s about you gain some personal faith to help you through this difficult time. There are some things here and there that can assist us in getting through this pandemic, and one of those things is exercising faith and knowing it’s got to get better. Please watch this video, ‘Better’ ; whether or not you are a religious person, this video is full of electric positivity around the world, and we could all use a bit of that right now!