Humble. That’s the best we can all try to be right now.
Humble enough to be still, kind, and for the love of all that’s holy, quiet.
If I were a medical professional in the midst of this pandemic, I think that during my time off, earplugs would be as important as any personal protective gear during my time ‘on’.
You know what I’m talking about, the incessant chatter of how this pandemic is spreading, what the symptoms are, and how long it will take before we can all get back to thoughtless, mass consumption.
After a most stressful five days of dealing with a sick person, a young man’s plea for a place to stay after being illegally evicted due to fear of the Coronavirus and worrying about my own job, I woke up this morning snug and warm among my fluffy duvets.
Until the chatter started. A thoughtful phone call to check in on my sick sweetie turned into an amateur COVID 19 medical conference right there in my bed.
I jammed an earplug in the ear that wasn’t on the pillow, took a few deep breaths, and then gave up before frustration set in. Earplug out, I padded down the stairs to enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the solitude of morning.
This, after drifting off to sleep in the wee hours of the morning, wondering about the outward object of ‘adoration’ in the context of rapture…it’s ok, you don’t have to understand. All you need to know is that I was delighted to have had some time to submerge myself in the type of writing and thought that is all encompassing. Something bigger than myself.
The stress of the day washed away with my wordplay, and the ability to surrender to whatever comes next flexed it’s muscle and settled around me like a cocoon. I fell asleep with pen and notebook on my chest.
When you realize nothing is lacking,
The whole world belongs to you
I hope that everyone has that kind of escape right now; something that they love which gives them purpose. Or even a guilty pleasure to binge on like The Tiger King , a raw example of chattering pride (pun no intended).
Being humble can come from a place of great joy, simple pleasures, or curiosity. Wherever it comes from, it can be a gentle teacher and an anchor in a world that seems to have gone mad. During times like these, humility can offer up a calm raft in the deluge of uncertainty and change. It can also save you from yourself in ways you didn’t even know that you need saving.