“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ” (James 1:2–6).
I hesitated with the decision to write about the current pandemic. As a survivor of Covid-19 I felt as if I didn’t want to highlight what has already been broadcasted or aired.
It’s safe to say the last few months have been a test of our faith and patience. Individuals have been challenged in ways they never imagined. The loss of jobs, homes, and loved ones. Children can’t attend school and unfortunately, some have lost their safe haven from the unforeseen maltreatment of trauma by being forced to stay inside . I’ve seen families lose loved ones to mental and emotional stress. Witnessed loved ones say goodbye without closure or proper burial . As overwhelming as these tragedies have been I have identified some good. Families joined together, churches united, leaders forced to be innovative, and society joined as community, to say the least it has been an arduous journey.
I will not write about religion or church, I’m not going to share my opinion on schools or jobs but I am going to encourage each and every one of you to reflect on what you may have learned, accomplished or completed during this time. We can be easily consumed by pandemic-related fear or worry. Prepare to rebuild and recover whether it’s setting new routines and boundaries for yourself or seeking ways to help others.
I’m amazed at the affect of SILENCE. I recall after my sister and I recovered from the virus she began to complain about staying inside stating ” it’s to quiet ” I responded with a shrug seeing that my sister has an outgoing personality and I am an introvert. I thought to myself is it to quiet or is there power in silence. Some would argue the virus caused us to eliminate distraction and the noise around us. While some people dislike a silent environment, equating it with being alone and lonely, others look forward to spending time with just their thoughts, increased creativity , and awareness of self and environment. Indeed, silence offers profound benefits, many of which we aren’t even aware of. Quarantining may end soon however, navigating our lives after and adjusting to changes which are now permanent frightens us. Don’t be daunted by new norms, I would recommend utilizing this time “silence ” to reset your habits, mindset and perspective.
Maybe you didn’t do anything but practice the discipline of silence. If so, identify the benefits and lessons learned. How will you tell the story of covid to the next generation and what will you vividly remember? Don’t throw away 2020. Trust me my year started off with so many trials and tribulations . I was ill, Mentally drained , emotional abuse, and spiritually I was discouraged. Nevertheless, I’ve identified some strengths and weaknesses , I’ve acknowledged areas I needed to mature or reassess. I’ve accomplished goals and defeated the fear of rejection. When this is over what will you have done? Spend time with family, revisit that dream, draw closer to God, become a better parent, strive to be a better friend, take on a new hobby, etc. I personally see this as a new beginning. What was will never be, yet this time matters and it plays just as much of a role as to what’s to come. Don’t be in a rush to return to familiarity but seek amelioration with eagerness as if anticipating a gift.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Take away: Watch the video by Ciara Deal then complete this exercise below
Practice the discipline of silence . Journal and reflect for 5 min . complete this sentence " I will be ______ after covid-19 "I prayed for ________ during covid-19 "This year has taught me ______"