I love this saying. It’s another Irish proverb. You know those Irish. They have sad songs and merry wars. There is an element of truth in their ditties. We keep thinking this world we are now living in is the cat’s pajamas, the real deal. It seems so and we become very attached to all that goes here. We are attached to our stuff, our patterns, our loved ones, our rituals, our religions and our comforts. We panic at the thought of running out of toilet paper, hand sanitizers, hand and counter wipes. I saw a woman whose grocery cart was filled with nothing but pasta and cans of tuna fish. If we can’t get our toilet paper, then we will overload the cart with bottles of water. We live in the world of fear and what if’s. We have an invisible enemy which is lurking and lunging. Anyone could be a carrier. All true.
What we never could imagine is that something so fast, vast and devastating could just swoop in and turn our entire world society on its’ head. We tried to plan for everything but we became complacent. We made assumptions and we thought we were invincible. We ignored larger forces at hand. We planned for fires, earthquakes and floods but we never planned for pandemics or a force of nature delivered by “Air”. We in America didn’t take care of the health of our citizens. We ignored the great discrepancy between rich and poor in providing health care. We ignored the people who truly make the system work in an emergency–the supply chain of food and those who load and unload and stock the shelves, the grocery clerks who served us, the people who pick our food and the poorly paid nurses aides who administered to our sick loved ones and those unloved. We ignored the homeless and the mentally ill. We ignored the janitors and maids with no health insurance. We ignored those who work 2 or 3 jobs but can’t make enough to pay for health care. In short, we ignored those who truly served us.
As I mention in several of my writings, we ignore the heavenly transits at our own peril. We think we are operating as if we are in control of this place. With enough rope, we have to be pulled in and so we are. We really did need to clean up our act. We did need to level the playing field and see what systems are not working. The funny thing about pandemics and scary viruses is that they don’t care if you live in the White House, the pink house or the out-house. It is an equal opportunity employer. It sprinkles itself on all. It is a brutal rite of passage. It will change the generation and old systems will not return. It will create a new normal and it will take years for it to be made. Under this passage we see where all the swimmers are swimming naked.
We have focused on the stock market when in actuality only about 45% of Americans are in the stock market. We dismissed large classes of people and marginalized their needs. As that old religious saying goes, “We have left undone those things we ought to have done and we have done those things that we ought not to have done”.
So now what do we do and when can we look for hope. It is always helpful to look at the bigger picture of events. We tend to focus on face masks, gloves, 6 foot distance because we need to do something that we think can help us. This is especially true when we have a great unknown. We look for whatever we can hang on to. So I do wear my mask and I do keep my distance. I do attempt to keep my immune system strong and get enough rest and then the rest has to be compartmentalized. My whole life cannot be dictated by Covid 19.
I like to look at the heavens for understanding, the numbers for understanding and the connection to the invisible–real–world. We are learning that you can “use this world but you cannot depend upon it”. You are in this world but you are not of this world and you will not stay here. Everyone of us has to find a way out of here. Some will use this time to take their exit. Many are tired of being here, they have put in the good fight and are ready to go on. As we know life itself never ends, we will drop this costume only to put on another. That is why we must live as if we have future lives to live and live the current one with virtue. It is easier not having to carry old baggage over to future lives.
The transit we are now experiencing does have an entry and exit point. It circled around us in late December, started to land in January and builds particularly strong in certain months, depending where you are on the globe. Here in the United States peak months are April, May and part of June. Remnants remain and the finals are September 24th with the ending late December. Then the world has to recover and rebuild itself. People will not run out and attend this or that. Many people have had huge financial losses and it will take time for recovery. 9/11 itself took about 3 years for the airline industry to return.
We are being forced to look at our priorities, values and character. We have gorged ourselves at table of man-made delights and we have been forced to go on a diet. We are learning what is truly meaningful and important in our lives. For that it is a blessing. We are bringing out the best in us and we see how much we need others. We always did. We just forgot in our quest to build our individualism, we forgot the collective. By being forced to be detached from them, we learn how lonely it is without them and that truly how much we have needed them all along. This all will pass. You can plan your new life and look forward to a future that shows you the stars keep shining, the ocean keeps sending waves to the shore and the song birds sing in the morning to help the new leaves on the trees grow. It is still there. You are still here. Life itself was always the gift.