Isolation: Adapting To The Global PandemicPublished: 2020-03-18 09:00
Our Current “Norm”
These are certainly interesting times that we are living in! Many feel isolated, and even scared about their future, as well as the well-being and future of our country and the entire world. But, now is not the time to panic. No, now is the time for us to adapt to this current norm and ensure that we are caring for ourselves, our relatives, our friends, and our neighbors. In fact, now is the time for us to reflect upon what is truly important in our lives, and to decide how we, as individuals and as a society, can be the best version of ourselves moving forward; how we can put aside our differences and be the Light of the World to each other.
As we live through this tumultuous time, I am completing my nearly six-year journey and preparing for possible ordination in June, as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. I am grateful to have been given the gift of faith. But, I’m not special. Faith is a gift that we all receive. It’s up to us as individuals to either accept and embrace that gift, or turn our backs on it.
In no way am I proselytizing here! I am simply telling you what is working for me, and keeping me calm and focused through this weird atmosphere. What I am suggesting is that you take this time to discern how you may return to, embrace more fully, or discover a new sense of faith that will help you to survive this insanity that we are living through.
As a permanent deacon, I will be called to serve those in need. But, most of all, I will be called to be a servant-leader. In essence, that is what I am trying to do through this blog. I am trying help all of you relax and remain calm, understanding that this situation will not be permanent. But, at the same time, I am encouraging you to look deep within your core being and emerge from this isolation with a new fervor to care for all of mankind.
Supporting Each Other During Difficult Times
I am reminded of a customer service motto that I heard during my foodservice management days, which stated: “If you are not serving the customer, then you should be serving someone who is”. To translate that into our current situation, if you are not caring for someone in need, you should be supporting/caring for someone who is.
As we move through this isolation period and emerge into a new norm, my hope is that we become a more caring and compassionate world. A world where we treat each other with respect, regardless of our religion, race, or nationality; one were we once again can have normal discussions in a rational and respectful manner, and one where we care for each other and not count the cost.
I can only imagine…