We’re In This Together

Even one month ago, I really didn’t imagine just HOW MUCH all of our lives could change so drastically in such a short period of time. 

As I scramble in my own business to reschedule classes, rearrange or clear my calendar, I know many of us are in the same boat.  My friends who own or operate restaurants and other small and large businesses are all having a tough time, and we are all facing total uncertainty about how to deal with the challenges before us, both in our businesses and our personal lives.

I went for a walk this morning…

I go for a walk each day, but usually in the evenings. It was such a beautiful morning, clear blues skies, 59 degrees, I just had to get out and enjoy this weather. Along my journey, I loved the cool air and couldn’t help but notice the various flowers blooming in people’s yards.

It was good to step back from all of the “Corona Crisis stress” and just walk – Breath – Listen to the sounds of morning – Feel the cool air – Enjoy a few moments of respite from the crisis drama.

You know, this morning, I felt JOY. That is the best word I can come up with to describe my walk through the neighborhood: JOY.

Funny, it’s as if someone forgot to tell nature that the sky should be cloud-filled and somber, the flowers should not be blooming, the weather should not be pleasant, because we are in the midst of a pandemic.

Shouldn’t all of life be gloomy, given we are experiencing an unprecedented crisis?

Actually the answer is no, all of life does not have to be somber. Yes, it’s scary times, but in spite of any of the hardships we face in this COVID-19 crisis, there is still good in the world. Beauty still exists. There is still so much we should be thankful for.

One thing this crisis has done is remind us we have taken so much for granted in life.

We can go through life thinking tomorrow will be about like today, what we have now, we’ll still have tomorrow. The truth is, we never know what tomorrow will bring. When we take things for granted, it’s as if we don’t see them. Then something major happens and we lose something important to us, and we then realize we just assumed we would never experience that loss. We take for granted our loved ones will always be here. We take for granted we will still have a job tomorrow. We take for granted we will even wake up tomorrow and experience another day on this amazing planet. Heck, we take for granted we’ll have access to toilet paper!

We Need Each Other

In the midst of our social distancing and the sense of isolation this creates, we still really do need each other to get through this. We are all in this together. We can help each other. Even just being connected and talking to others helps combat the sense of isolation we experience if we try to go through this alone.

During my morning walk, I passed this driveway:

That pretty much sums it up. We do indeed need each other to get through this.

Let’s stay connected. Let’s be there for each other. Let’s defy this imposed isolation by reconnecting in other ways such as email, phone, text messages, social media, video conferencing, etc.

This gets back to that thought about “gratitude.” Think about all of the people you are grateful for in your life. Check in on them. Call them, and just say you were thinking of them.

Devote some time to remember to be grateful for cool sunny mornings. Be grateful for flowers. In spite of all that you might have lost in the midst of this crisis, be grateful for all you still have.

Love your neighbors. Seriously, love them, because
we truly are in this together.

Another Way to Break Through the Isolation
Our LifeInsights group that is a free group that has met at my studio on Monday nights for the past couple of years is still meeting. We just have switched over to online meetings using Zoom teleconferencing (which is VERY easy to use and works great if you have a stable Internet connection). This past Monday and for the next couple of Mondays we are hosting a “Virtual Happy Hour” just BYOB 😉 If you’d like to join us, just let me know and I will let you know how to connect to our meeting. Here’s more info about our little group: LifeInsights All are welcome any time.

I am grateful for all of you. This crisis has especially reminded me of that.

Let’s go out and make the best of this situation. Stop taking so much in our lives for granted. Appreciate the flowers.

Be there for one another.

Kevin Gourley

Kevin's book "30 Practical Tips for Better Photographs" is available in print and on Kindle devices!

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