We are living in a world that is more akin to an episode from “The Twilight Zone” than anything in my (Joy’s) previous umpty-ump years of life!! (Just in case anyone reading this is thinking of hiring me, I’ll continue to keep my age private!)
We have wanted to write, to speak out to you, our subscribers, but we didn’t want to wring our hands, despair, panic, add more to your anxiety. So here’s a good news story, courtesy of COVID-19.
An oddity of this pandemic has been a shortage of adoptable dogs! (Cats too!!) Really! What a wonderful problem for a shelter to experience! You might scratch your head and say, so? What it says to me is how important socialization is to all of us. We need to be comforted, we need to nurture, we need to love and be loved.
Bloomberg and Crain’s New York Business reported on this very curious phenomenon the last week of March. A surge of applications, as reported by “Muddy Paws Rescue” and ‘Best Friends Animal Society, as much as 10 fold the normal amount, has the shelters scrambling for adoptable and/or fosterable pets in the New York City area. It’s extended to other disease epicenters such as L.A as well.
A pet fills in the gaps when we can’t be close to other humans. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my dog all the time. But in times of stress, sadness, confusion, anxiety, when your furry friend looks up at you with those big eyes, be happy he or she can’t get Covid-19. Where would you be without your furries? In the words of James Taylor, “You’ve Got a Friend.”
Other Takeaways (so far) of a Global Pandemic
-Little Adventures Everywhere – Who knew taking a walk around the block could be so vital? And during these walks, we find ourselves waving to perfect strangers across the street – a wave that says, “I know what you’re going through.” We are bringing jigsaw puzzles out of closets; we are resurrecting family game nights, or days; we are appreciative of hair-washing, Netflix, and video connecting.
–I’ve just been invited to a cocktail party! My (Barclay’s) sister, age 80, living in rural Vermont, exclaimed. She and her husband were going to Zoom with friends that evening at 5pm. We are craving human contact. And Zoom is easy enough for even Grandmas to navigate. Our calendars are filling up with dates for online get-togethers where PJs are just fine.
–When I pray, I kick worry and anxiety out of my head – Many of us have been spending more time on our knees. We have been rereading Psalm 91. Hey, we have time! And there is a TON to pray about! Praying and worry cannot coexist. So get kneeling!
–We are learning to wait better and reflect more. Amazon is no longer a few hours away. If we want such and such, we can’t hop in the car and treat ourselves. Life is slower. Days are seeming like weeks. Patience and deep breathing are keys to survival. Whenever we feel sorry for ourselves, we reflect on those heroes who are driving ambulances, caring for the sick, patrolling our streets, manning our check-out lines, taking our garbage.
–Churches are going beyond their four walls. We can listen to online sermons live or at our leisure. Those who wouldn’t think of attending an actual service, now have the means (and the time) to sit in the back pew and take it in (virtually, that is.)
The biggest takeaway sounds trite, but is true —
We ARE in this together and We Will Get Through It.
xox Barclay and Joy