Happiness exists in giving and serving others. Even in our hardest, saddest times, we have always been able to pull together, help others who need it, and find joy in serving our communities. Now more than ever, this is exactly what we need to do! There are so many people who are in need, so many healthcare workers who need supplies, so many people who need food… we need to be at our best once again!
I felt that this particular message is important for us to focus on today: “Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.”
Just yesterday, I watched the news for a good portion of the day. I had the news streaming on my tablet in the kitchen while I was brewing sugar mash for home-distilled alcohol, so there was a lot of news streaming throughout the kitchen for me to listen to all day. According to the nation’s top expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, we have a best-case scenario and a worst-case scenario.
Best Case: The entire nation practices strict “social distancing” to the point that we just basically stay home and away from everyone else unless we are considered an essential worker, going for groceries or medicines, or going to seek medical attention. Basically, we Shelter-In-Place. For a minimum of 1 more month, but realistically it will be 2-3 more months. (Listen to the medical experts, not the politicians on this!) IF we can manage to do this effectively, ALL OF US, we will have a nationwide death toll of 100,000 to 200,000. If we are very lucky, it will be under 100,000 but that isn’t likely.
Worst Case: The national economy opens back up as soon as possible because it’s important, right? We try to maintain social distancing, but it is really tough when we are all working in close quarters. Plus, there’s never an easy way to stay away from people when we’re out shopping and at the park or beach! Infections continue to grow in numbers and by the time all is said and done, we have a nationwide death toll of around 2,000,000 people. TWO MILLION PEOPLE DEAD!
Personally, I would take the best-case scenario over the worst, any day of the week and twice on Sunday! Yeah, a hundred thousand people dying from an illness is appalling. It’s hard to think of that many people dying of any illness in our country. We have good GDP. We have a stable economy for the most part. We have a strong medical and healthcare system. We have some of the world’s top doctors and research scientists. So why can’t we save everyone?
I wish we could! But the reality is that there are too many people already carrying the virus, spreading it among their community. They go to church and infect their fellow churchgoers. They go to work and infect those they encounter. They go to the movies/beach/parties and infect others there… you get the idea. We must all stay at home. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. US.
Yes, there are some people who perform a necessary job. Doctors and nurses, medical workers (including in the medical offices), grocery store employees, pet care store employees, Amazon employees, USPS/FedEx/UPS workers, fire department personnel, police department personnel and officers, utility workers, and so on… they provide necessary services and must still go to work and interact with others, though they are also doing their best to maintain safe social distances and sanitizing everything they are around as often as humanly possible. They are putting themselves at risk to provide these necessary services and for that, I salute each and every one of them!
For the rest of us, we just need to suck it up and stay home. As I have said before in other posts: yeah, it will suck and be hard. But it is a lot easier to stomach being bored and lonely than to know people DIED because I wanted to go out. DEAD. Because I was selfish. MY selfishness isn’t that important, it isn’t worth lives.
If you are one of those who think it isn’t as bad as the news reports or as other people say, are you willing to bet the lives of your friends and family on that? Are you so convinced of the falsity of the news reports that you KNOW and have scientific data to back your assumptions that you are willing to risk the lives of yourself or your loved ones? Remember, your decisions affect more than just you. They affect everyone you encounter, as well.
If you are one of those who think your faith will protect you, please remember that faith won’t protect everyone else you encounter. Faith, medicine and science can co-exist in peace if we take it one step at a time. Let’s assume that I believe you, that your faith will protect you from becoming deathly ill with COVID-19. That doesn’t mean that I believe your faith will protect you from contracting the virus and being one of the carriers who don’t develop symptoms. Do you believe it will? Will God extend your protection to non-believers that you encounter? Will He save those who are doubting their faith? Will He save those who lost their faith and haven’t discovered it again yet? Even if you believe He will protect you, please don’t assume that He will protect everyone you come into contact with. The Bible says that His ways are mysterious, His intentions unknowable to man. No one can assume to know. Anyone who says differently is obviously too self-absorbed to be a true man of God, and we shouldn’t trust such people who have given in to the ways of evil. Even if God protects you from developing severe illness, science points to the fact that so many people are carriers now, with no symptoms but able to transmit the virus to others who then become severely ill, or die. So you could be a healthy carrier, protected from severe illness by your faith. But able to transmit the virus to others. Your faith saves you, and science tells us that you could still make others sick. So, even if you have a 100% faith that God protects you, please don’t put others at risk. They may not have the same faith that you do. Even some of our faith leaders can have their faith shaken sometimes, and I would hate to see them get sick and die before they work through their crisis of faith.
I hope my words make sense to everyone, and that we can all stay busy rowing the boat of our nation, keeping us afloat. Let’s all work together to get through this. We can do this. Together.
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Happiness is never meant to be kept inside! Let it bubble forth and bring your joy to others. When people see your smile, they are more likely to smile as well… even if they don’t know why! Joy is contagious, so spread your happiness far and wide!
It is true, you never can reach the highest unless you start at the absolute bottom. When you hit rock bottom, never give up! Just start climbing, working, persevering. You will achieve a level of greatness that you never thought was even possible!
Don’t even let them try. They can’t break you. You’re a diamond.
You may be a cut and refined diamond. You may be a diamond in the rough, yet to be polished. Either way, you are the most amazing, the toughest thing on this planet! Don’t let the others get you down. They just wish they were you. They are jealous.
You are made from the dust of the beginning of the very universe itself! You are of stardust, cosmic and beautiful. You are a diamond, dear. They can’t break you.
Truer words were never spoken! If you are having a rough time, if you are having trouble making ends meet or just completely down-and-out… never, ever give up! Get back up, brush yourself off and get right back at it! You never bounce so high as you do from the bottom!
Our hardest times are what gives us the inspiration to continue on! Any success, no matter how seemingly small, is significant!
Keep on going, even though you are tired.
Keep on going, even though you are hungry.
Keep on going, even though you don’t think you can.
You can. And you will. And you will succeed.
If you are an Indigenous American, you understand this quote immediately… if you aren’t Indigenous, you might have to research a bit to learn just how significant it is… it’s by Red Eagle in the song “Still Here”. Give it a listen…
“Trail of Tears and we’re still here…
Wounded Knee and we’re still here…
Sand Creek and we’re still here…
Cortez and we’re still here…
Slavery and we’re still here…
Smallpox and we’re still here…
Boarding Schools and we’re still here…
F**k what they talking about! STILL HERE!“Red Eagle, chorus of “Still Here”