Here’s what we discussed during yesterday’s Write Way Wednesday (if you prefer to watch rather than read, head over to my Facebook page to check out the video):
It has always been my intention to keep my blog and Facebook page free from all topics that are even remotely political in nature. I don’t post about news or world headlines or current events. I don’t comment on or share things that incite controversy or malicious exchanges. And my reasoning has nothing to do with a lack of awareness or concern, but rather a purposeful decision to emphasize encouragement and optimism.
If you’ve joined me on previous Wednesdays, you know that I would normally be here with a prepared update regarding what I’ve been writing and working on over the last week. I would have a planned message of encouragement and motivation for those of you with your own goals of growth and progress.
But I know I don’t need to tell you that these last many weeks have been anything but normal. And if there’s one thing we’ve all had to learn, it’s that our plans don’t mean squat right now. What’s going on in the world is big. It’s bigger than my social media focus. It’s bigger than all of us. It’s too big to ignore. So, amid all the uncertainty and uncontrollable circumstances, I’m interrupting today’s regularly scheduled programming to offer two simple reminders:
- We’re all in this together. This may be one of the greatest calls for compassion, faith, and hope that most of us have ever seen because we are all affected. We are all struggling with varying degrees of distress, disruption, and disappointment due to closings and cancellations. None of has control over what tomorrow may bring or how long this will last, but we can control our reactions. We can treat each other with respect and kindness. We can remember that life as we know it is a communal effort and righting our upended world is going to depend on each and every one of us to prudently care for ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors.
- We’re doing the best we can. We are human and even on our best days we make gargantuan mistakes. But throw in a boatload of fear and insecurity and logic goes out the window leaving emotions to rule our responses. Add to that the constant influx of news and opinions that we are subjected to and the general level of anxiety rises as we feel powerless to affect change. What we CAN do, though, is be conscientious about what we are posting/sharing on social media. We can ask ourselves if it is helpful or harmful. Is it allaying panic or adding to it? Is it placing blame and criticism or offering grace? There’s a lot of nastiness going on out there, but there’s also a lot of love. Let’s choose to spread the love.
In the words of Forrest Gump, that’s all I have to say about that.
I hope you are all staying well, or recovering well if you have been ill. I hope you are finding ways to cope/adjust to the ever-evolving situation. And I hope you will join me here again next week as I plan to return to the normal Write Way Wednesday format.
Until then, I’ll be praying for safety, peace, and health for us all.