Today’s MOZEN: Persephone Returns
As we struggle with the specter that is COVID-19, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel depressed. The fact that people are dying from what is commonly known as The Corona Virus is enough to send chills down one’s spine. Add in the economic and sociological impact caused by the fact that in order to combat the disease and slow its spread we must avoid one another (the newly minted term, Social Distancing), and it is completely understandable that people will get down on the situation — and, themselves. We are social beings. In fact, it’s in our DNA. Literally. To remove the human connection is to take our very souls.
So, what CAN we do to cope with this very trying situation?
Well, perhaps, what I always TRY to do when things get challenging may help: look for the small, positive things that are ALWAYS there to give you a new perspective — if you just make the effort to see them.
LOOK for the positive things. Some are right in front of our faces. Others may be more subtle. One of the most obvious is that at times of great challenge, a person’s Strength of Character will reveal their true nature. And, from my experience, there are more kind, generous people than not. Their generosity inspires us to do more for others, as well (or, at least it should). Despite the fact that many a pizzeria and restaurant in my hometown are struggling themselves, they have still offered free meals to anyone in need. Sewing circles have dedicated their time to creating masks to be used by first responders. And, then of course, there are those on the front lines who are simply too essential to stop working. They are an inspiration to all of us.
And, then there are the little things that could only exist in such a time as this.
Because of Social Distancing and the subsequent closing of many businesses, our streets are virtually empty (and, rightly so) of vehicular traffic. People may walk for a variety of reasons but should only with an intimate partner or alone. And, they must avoid close contact with others. If it is necessary (like buying groceries), there are things that you can do to fend off the virus. It has certainly greatly reduced the activity in and around the village.
At times, it seems almost eerie, like the proverbial Ghost Town. However, at others, it is SO peaceful and sublime. It is so quiet that I’ve noticed the songbirds like I never have before. They wake me in the morning and introduce me to the evening with their serenades. Because of the great reduction in all kinds of vehicular traffic, the air is also cleaner — much cleaner So, when the sun is shining brightly, the sky is a spectacular blue and I can breath deeply.
We are also entering the height of the Spring Bloom. Persephone is risen from the Underworld to spread her beauty throughout the land. If you are fortunate enough to live in a village as beautiful as mine, Nyack, NY, the glory of Spring is all around us — the flowers provide an almost endless variety of colors, the Magnolia tree blossoms are ready to burst, the Cherry trees are exploding in efflorescence. And, we also have that most rare of commodities; the time to do enjoy it. They remind us that, if we take care of her, the world can still be a beautiful place.
So, in a sense, it is also an opportunity. Avail yourself of these small treasures (and, others like reading, writing, exercising, meditating, cooking, cleaning, organizing, napping, etc., etc.) whilst we have the time to do it. For better or worse, there will never be another opportunity to learn the lessons COVID-19 can teach us.
It all depends on us.