Meaningful Monday: Be a RealistApril 6, 2020
Now isn’t the time to be the pessimist, complaining about things that we have no control over. It also isn’t the time to be the optimist, believing that things aren’t as bad as they really are. Today, we all need to be realists. We need to accept the situation we are in and adjust our behaviors accordingly. We are struggling in the midst of a global pandemic, yet there are some who still don’t seem to understand that we are in a crisis. They just don’t get it. I don’t know if they are optimists or just stupid, but in today’s world, there is only one thing that matters: to accept the reality of the crisis and adjust to be safe. We must save ourselves and others around us. We must be real and accept reality. That is what a realist does.
It isn’t over, not even close. It may just come back next fall. What am I talking about? COVID-19. The respiratory illness that is killing thousands and sickening hundreds of thousands of people in the USA. It is world wide, we’re not the only ones suffering. We all need to be unified in our response, all around the globe. That can only happen when we all become realists.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t work towards a better world or better situation. We should! We should also do things in our daily life that reflects our realistic outlook. Things like:
- Wear a face mask when you go out
- Avoid gathering
- Stay home whenever possible
- Sanitize and wash your hands as often as possible
- Shop sensibly
- Use delivery or curbside service whenever possible
- Use touch-free checkout options when you must go inside the store
- Plan for long term difficulties in the economy
- Plan for long term difficulties in the healthcare system
- Only go to the doctor/urgent care/ER when absolutely necessary
- Use telemedicine when possible
- Plant a garden. Even if it is on your windowsill, grow something to eat. It’s nutritious and good for your emotional health
- Take especially good care of yourself and be careful in your daily life. This will help prevent additional strain on the healthcare system. Act as if you have absolutely zero access to a face to face doctor appointment until you get to the point that you really do need it.
- Educate yourself about COVID-19, our healthcare system, and things you can do to minimize your chances of becoming infected.
- Educate yourself about ways to maintain self-reliance with less reliance on the healthcare system and commercial shopping system so you are ready when you can’t get your hands on things you are used to.
- Help out others who need it… shop for elderly neighbors, donate to research to find a cure, do anything to help without putting yourself at risk
- Use video calls to keep in touch when you can. It helps to feel more connected when you can see each other, especially when we can’t actually be together physically.
There’s a wealth of other things we can all do. We all must do our part. When we all see the situation as it really is, we can all work together to build a better world for us all.