by Peter Trinh
With COVID-19 being in our sphere for more than 6 months now, more than ever, there is a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt going around, and isolation measures add a tense dimension to our experience. What I am observing is a lot of fear as we continue to keep up via social media, news, and conversations.
I think many will agree that there is both truth and untruth amongst all sources of information; in all that you see, hear, and read about…and that as a result, all of us have to apply discernment and create a foundation (through our opinions) in order to stand strong while navigating the tumultuous sea surrounding us.
So as a “techie”, I propose a non-technical solution: That each of us consider making a conscious decision to spend time away from social media and news, and connect with what might be considered truly important – our offline lives; the loved-ones we care about; our friends; and neighbors that form our communities and the sacred place within ourselves.
What I observe is that as a collective, we are divided. I have experienced how isolating this can be; and how unsafe we can feel…also that all sides are feeling the same effects.
When you dig deeper into your responses/reactions, is something else underlying the surface level of your responses and reactions? I am willing to bet there are some uncomfortable answers within. And going within and really listening calls for a break from social media and news. If we all start to give ourselves space, then I am betting that at least some clarity will emerge and allow us to make better decisions and stances to navigate through all this fear, uncertainty and doubt.
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