Crisis, chaos, and change are the three components of every major event.
Remember the existential edginess of 9/11? It’s returned.
During that crisis, we hunkered down at home with loved ones close, glued to our televisions, as the world around us changed. Our hearts trembled in fear that day. We survived.
Crisis, along with its bedfellows of chaos and change, happened again during the Colorado wildfires of 2013.
Maybe not everyone, but edginess and uncertainty ruled with mandatory evacuations for us. We piled two cars with our most precious belongings, two dogs, and ourselves. Our home was spared, but our world changed. We survived.
Crisis struck again in 2017 when Harvey dumped torrential waters and once again uncertainty, losses, and dramatic life-changes swirled around us.
Now a pandemic called COVID-19, coronavirus swirls worldwide crisis and chaos.
There’s nothing good about this crisis. Fears are rampant.
No one escapes the chaos of bare grocery store shelves or quarantines, voluntary and mandated. NO toilet paper, really?
As we grope our way along through the chaos, here are six suggestions (paraphrased by me) from Writer Unboxed blog contributor Sarah McCoy.
- Buy Flowers. Splurge on a bouquet at the store or pick some wildflowers or plant some seeds.
- Get Outdoors. Self-isolation doesn’t mean we are locked in jail. Isolate yourself with a walk in nature. Drive to a nature trail, if necessary, where there are crowds.
- A Song. Listen or sing your own. Songs are the medicine of angels, and it will resonate in you for hours… days… however long this quarantine takes.
- Cook. To create a nutritious, virus-free dish for yourself and your loved ones is a simple recipe for joy.
- Write A letter. To another person or yourself in a journal. According to the World Health Organization, the coronavirus can only live on paper for 24 hours. Letters sent through USPS take 2-3 days. It’s safe.
- Read. For a writer like me, that’s a given. It’s my way to escape even when there’s no chaos.
Choose one or all of Ms. McCoy’s suggestions. Doing so requires nothing and will offer great relief from “the toxic fear plaguing us as tenaciously as this microbial foe.”
Take heart in knowing we got through 9/11, wildfires, and floods and so many other crises. We can rest in the assurance this darkness will give way to the light too.