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In 2020, there is NO DOUBT we have suffered so much loss. We’ve lost physical loved ones and we’ve lost our way spiritually. Or have we?
Maybe I’m on the only one who feels this trend but when so much loss has been going on , we tend to say that our loved ones’ spirits are with us. That DOES bring us closer to some form of spirituality ! In 2020, is it possible God is bringing us closer to spirituality through loss moreso than we realize?
In a year of death, destruction and yes plague, I am starting to see His role in this. I believe He is preventing loss as much as he can through the hands of the amazing healthcare workers and first responders (cops included!) and their hard works. A shout out also to those psychologists who stay by their phone to handle the emotional toll of what this time has brought for all!
God’s end game with this pandemic is feeling more like a call to become more spiritual and at ONE with ourselves and each other! I don’t think we can mourn too many passings and say ‘we will continue their legacy and their spirit is with us’ and not truly feel called to adapt their vital spirits that kept us going for many years! Yet, maybe we should work harder to carry on the spirits of those before us, and not just say how beautiful it is they remain with us in spirit!
I do think the gratitude streak in us has been activated this whole time, and now it’s time to be at one with people while they are standing right in front of us! It is one thing to say how incredible someone WAS, but why not enjoy the spirit of someone right next to you ; standing next to you; surviving this pandemic with you! Why tear them down when you can say ‘ya know I love being around that person’s spirit’ and not think of it as a burden or joke to be around!
God is giving us this ability to become more spiritual in loss, but I argue let’s also become more spiritual in LIFE! That’s what it is about !
I expanded more on this on a recent podcast ! Take a listen and talk soon! https://www.spreaker.com/episode/41052235
This concept literally flowed from my lips this past week at my local Starbucks and in conversation with a colleague at work. Don’t ask me why I’m so driven to write this blog, but I am.
Some Americans have been shaking that quarantine rust off and headed back to work. Some Americans still are tragically unemployed this Labor Day week. Some Americans are literally doing what they have been doing since this pandemic started and before, which is staying essential to keep this country going. Kudos to all in these categories, as one way or another you are a fabric in this country working hard to stay at work!
Every day for many has become this sameness we can’t get out of. I would like to say, if you can’t get out of the sameness, find something NEW about your same routine and experience each day! The fact that our television screens are literally not offering any new hopes, any new silver linings means we can’t rely on just staring at a TV or Netflix any more. We have to rely on finding something new. How? By exploring! Getting out of that basement and taking on the world again, is a start. Whether it be just your own backyard or a dense metro city, let’s get outside again!
For me, it was exploring Washington Square Park (with a mask on) that made me realize people are out and about trying to make new experiences, new moments in 2020. My buddy, Instagram influencer Mr. NYC Subway, encouraged me to go and check out and actually have some fun! Yes, as crazy as 2020 has been, there is still time to get rid of the sameness you might be feeling!
Museums in New York City have just re-opened at limited capacity, so we are seeing that. Malls in NYC have just re-opened this week as well to explore. The biggest WIN so far this week at least here is that indoor dining will commence at 25% capacity on September 30th! 2020 is far from over, and the sameness, the same day every day feeling is dissipating, can’t you feel it?
Personally, I am working on sticking with a couple of ways to maintain newness alongside the sameness. Experiencing one exciting adventure a day is a huge health benefit for me. It’s NEW, it’s something to bring back normalcy again. I used to try many different adventures in one night, which did run me down. To stick with at least one adventure every few days and then going home to relax is a win-win theory for me, I hope that could work for you too! Second, I also am believing that exerting a stable energy can also bring newness into our lives.
If you feel your pattern has got you down, working on a pattern that may not seem as chaotic will bring you a less chaotic outcome. For me, I’ve stopped wandering the streets of New York City. Nearly every night since returning, I wanted to experience the city again to keep my sanity. I’ve learned to keep my sanity by also going home earlier most nights to recharge the battery knowing GOD will bring a new and better day the next day!
This is the other idea I’d love to explore more and have you explore it to. What newness can and does God bring to you every day? God’s signs are around even in pandemic-type atmospheres, no doubt about it. Yet, if we do just one adventure at a time and not try and pack it in each day, I believe God generates a new day literally full of new possibilities !
Let me ask about this as a follow up to my ‘Stay-In-Place Habits’ blog. (https://medium.com/@AlexGInNYC/stay-in-place-habits-should-stay-in-place-post-quarantine-bee6f81050a9) How have you been keeping up with the habits you’ve developed during this whole time? Have you regressed or seen progress? Have you been able to maintain a same successful routine? If so, this blog is for you!
Let me just end with a quote from Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’, that fueled this blog post. Coelho writes “when each day is same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize good things that happen every day that sun rises!”
Let’s go from same old, same old to ‘same new, same new’!
It’s time now to loosen the grips on how we approach current events. People will take down statues out of rightful anger, they will occupy blocks of a major city, and they will chant ‘de-fund the police.’
It’s time that we just stop covering these three different types of aftermath to the killing of George Floyd. Let’s ask ourselves how can we just move the country forward and let God and Earth resolve the rest?
As we fight injustice, perhaps turning away from the violent aspect of the aftermath is better. Returning to the fight of everyday battles not seen on our television screens will bring resolve on this Earth. We fight what we feel is right to fight for, and everyone else will do their thing and we pray the course runs safely and naturally.
Has this entire ordeal caused you to pause a cause? Meaning, what were you fighting for so hard for before COVID? Did you forget about it, or ignore it? Well, travel back on your mind, bring it back and bring it to the forefront! Your next conversation could be what the world needs to bring resolve. My dad has taught me that if I focus on myself, things can get done well! This speaks to the larger idea I feel that if we combine our collective ideas, instead of feeding into the news cycle, America can once again find its resolve.
We can and should , on this Flag Day, believe in America . In fact, it is a MUST! Letting the Earth resolve itself, could actually help America in and of itself. Every 10 to 11 years, it seems this country goes for a correction when we do get too high on life. That’s God humbling us, I feel. If we in fact turn away, it will discourage those that want the attention. According to ABC News report of viewership during the riots and protests, it totaled 4 million people. One weekend alone!!! (https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/weekend-protest-coverage-boosts-cable-news-viewership-71031162)
Most of that coverage came on Saturday night, May 30th. That was the second night of the rioting and looting coverage. What a time to have ‘Fever’ about these issues.
That stat should cause us to evaluate. Evaluate whether or not we put out content that turns people’s attentions from the chaos. Figuring out how, as a blogger, pod-caster, or any creator can shift attention is worth evaluating. Maybe the causes that were put on pause was not ‘sexy’ enough to get their attention. When 4 million would rather tune in to destruction, the CONSTRUCTION of topics isn’t quite convincing or going well.
For instance, I had a podcast that I felt strongly about and yet only did one form of research for it. That truly was not going to move the needle, since the discussion wasn’t all thought out! I have since taken it down and now am working on it to make it a better episode of childbirth fatalities, so stay tuned for that.
By constructing our thoughts better, it could drive viewers away from the carnage, we can re-purpose the thinking to be driving America forward. At the same time, if we take our eyes of places like Seattle, Atlanta riots disrupting the fighting cause for justice, and looters everywhere, they could very well just go back home!
Logically, deterrent factors would help the world resolve itself and allow us all to be proud in the American Flag today!
As originally published on Medium : https://medium.com/@AlexGInNYC/the-greatest-generation-battles-covid-19-efb54dae4574
There is no doubt we have turned numerous corners in the fight against COVID-19. As Memorial Day draws near, and this weekend inspires us to get outside, let’s not lose our focus on continuing to social distance and defeat corona-virus.
Let’s not totally bring ourselves down about the corona-virus, either. Instead, we should focus on Content Better Than Corona! As I’ve been saying all week, we can be inspired during this lock-down, not feel mired in it!
This weekend, alone, The Greatest Generation itself should be recognized for surviving COVID-19! Say what? Just a Google search and I have literally found story after story of our elders, both American and across the globe, who battled in World War II and now battle through COVID-19 and survive!
The first story I came across in this domain was about Sir Albert Chambers. He is a British WWII hero and a survivor of a three year imprisonment under Nazi Germany as well. At 99 years old, he beat, yes BEAT, the corona-virus! He is expected to turn 100 in July! (https://news.iheart.com/featured/coronavirus/content/2020-04-10-99-year-old-wwii-veteran-once-held-prisoner-by-nazis-beats-coronavirus/?mid=380313&rid=65598861&sc=email&pname=newsletter&cid=NATIONAL&keyid=National%20iHeart%20Daily%20NewsTalk&campid=headline4)
On Long Island, ABC 7NY reported on a come-back story for 100 year old, World War II vet, Walter Reed. His name really is Walter Reed and the fact that he is named such, could have the spirit of the man who ‘Walter Reed Hospital’ was named after! The story of 100 year old Walter Reed’s time fighting COVID is remarkable. He fought off pneumonia at the same time and was recovering from a broken hip! He also dealt with loneliness, as he explained to ABC7 Eyewitness News. The kicker for me is that this WWII hero was still driving at 99 until his hip broke in February 2020. Imagine driving at 99! His quote to Stacey Sager on longevity, “Be nice to your fellow man and treat him right.” (https://abc7ny.com/health/wwii-vet-who-beat-covid-gets-surprise-parade-for-100th-birthday/6137864/?fbclid=IwAR1z2wM9cGBQ2CE0h_7hxq-0F8BIDdMw1wpu119lgAwELL-YiPB4Dn_FYnk)
Historical reference showed that Dr. Walter Reed in 1901 was a U.S. Army physician who headed up the fight against yellow fever. Yellow fever was the pestilence Theodore Roosevelt warned his troop leaders about in the Army. It had afflicted 4,000 members of his Fifth Corps. Troop. After Dr. Reed and his team had found this to be transmitted by mosquitoes, science took to the fight and his discovery helped make the Panama Canal a possibility. You can find all of Dr. Walter Reed’s research here at University of Virginia (https://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:2513789). His work has definitely helped transform the military and helped better protect us and keep us stronger, both on and off the battle-field! I could say the same about the inspiration of 100 year old hero Walter Reed on Freeport, Long Island!
Not every member of WWII have survived corona. As of May 15th, 700 of the remaining 300k vets have passed on because of their health accelerated by COVID-19. USA Today talked with 97 year old Veteran Paul Grassey, who had been a B-24 bomber in WWII has this message to combat COVID-19 and protect more lives. Grassey told USA TODAY, “We fought a war and won it in three and a half years after a great national effort, and that’s the only thing we can do today with this virus, come together to beat it…I’m an American,” Grassey says. “All I want to see is us get together again.” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/15/coronavirus-deaths-claim-wwii-vets-steals-part-us-history/3120671001/)
For those of the Greatest Generation that do survive this evil virus, resiliency is doing its part. I asked veteran Jason Van Camp, author of ‘Deliberate Discomfort’ and creator of Warrior Rising, about The Greatest Generation. Retired Green Beret Van Camp said the way the Greatest Generation dealt with their trauma of war-time, “they confided with their brothers-in-arms, the people who experienced these things with them. It was widely accepted you just don’t talk about it.” You can listen to my conversation with Jason, here ! (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/28198927)
The Greatest Generation has now been shown to survive COVID-19 because they just have learned to work through adversity. They fought through hell and survived in the 40s and are working to fight through their ailments , including COVID-19, to this day!
Did you also know, according to the Defense Department, there are 57,000+ active members of the Defense Department fighting this COVID effort? Pray for them as well this Memorial Day Weekend! (https://media.defense.gov/2020/Apr/28/2002290387/-1/-1/1/DEPARTMENT-OF-DEFENSE-COVID-19-RESPONSE-INFOGRAPHIC.pdf)
Most importantly, be sure to say thanks to those who have served, even if at a social distance this Memorial Day Weekend. Say thanks to the nurses and doctors who have also made sure to help keep the Greatest Generation and everyone suffering during this time comfortable as we all work to stay healthy during this COVID crisis!
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