There is nothing like a good crisis to bring people together. Except if that crisis is a world pandemic where you are discouraged from being less than 6 feet from another person and to boot, commiserating with a fleet of friends, over nachos and pigs in a blanket, during the recent Superbowl was likely to become ground zero of a super spreader event. My goodness, America is just getting over our last stint with large gatherings and pumpkin pie. But hey, maybe we have evolved... like the virus. Now, you scientists out there are going to have to give me some poetic license. I do understand the virus has most likely evolved precisely because we have not. Virus' cannot mutate if they are not replicated, they replicate by spreading and luckily for COVID and its mutations, the world wants a big Thanksgiving and a house full of Superbowl Sunday.
There is also nothing like a contracting COVID to force a hard look into the mortality mirror. I suspect that roughly 108 million people out there can relate. That is the number of diagnosed COCVID cases since the onset of the pandemic. My diagnosis makes 108 million people plus one. I have joined the He-man-COVID-haters-club (if you are not snickering, google The Little Rascals He-Man Woman Haters Club, and you will catch my reference and a subsequent snicker) In any case, since COVID, I kind of feel like that unfiltered octogenarian who says "hey, it's not dementia, I'm old, I can say whatever I want". Now that I have had COVID, I have earned the right to be taken in an a-political fashion and at face value. I can say "hey, I've had COVID, it really stinks, wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and avoid it like the plague it is" and not worry about offending any one political persuasion. COVID doesn't care what party you cater to, and neither do I, I just don't want you to feel as miserable as I do. COVID misery does not deserve company.
People behave badly when they are scared. Have you noticed? Children just tend to shriek, cry or if really terrified, shriek and cry at the same time. Adults are a bit more complicated, they parade an array of potentially inappropriate behaviors all driven by fear itself. Do any of these fears based behaviors sound familiar?
While we all act differently when fear creeps into our lives, but we do have one commonality. We all sense fear, for whatever reason - like a terrible year long pandemic. Recently, I wrote a poem that taught the senses to children as well as gently pointing out that that We All Sense Fear (the title of said poem). It seems that the poem is particularly poignant now, during a time when we are ever more divided as our fear based behaviors erupt.
Everyone Senses Fear is a children's poem, but like most children's stories, it can be enjoyed by all. I thought it also might be helpful to add a part 2 to this particular blog. Remember above, I noted that the poem was originally used to teach the senses to children? It has another purpose. Once children learn their senses, they can then learn how to use them in a mindful way. Doing so can help us reduce our responses to stress, anxiety and fear. Mindfulness is a great tool for all of us to keep near the top of our emotional toolboxes. So check back or sign up below so you can read part 2 of Everyone Senses Fear. Learn how to use your senses and mindfulness to manage fear. Enjoy the poem. I will also be adding it to this site's A Peek into Poetry" page. If you aren't familiar with that page, it is a child friendly video blog page. Have a look-see!
Finger box - page turn
White button on page - narration
blog with ME