Reflections on “Social Distancing”


I don’t know about you, but here in New York, I am going a bit stir crazy.  The last week, for the most part, we have been confined to our house. With the exception of mandatory trips to the grocery store and fueling up the vehicles, all of our time has been spent indoors.  We have been practicing “social distancing”.  Oy.  I am an introvert and at this point, I am ready to knock on all my neighbors doors, shake their hands and talk to them.  Who knew that daily social interaction with other people was so important?

Frankly, this week is looking like a repeat of the last week.  A good deal of hibernating, doing work virtually, and constantly cleaning the house.

Have you seen the videos where the residents of Italy and Spain step out onto their balconies in the evening to sing in unison and cheer on  the healthcare workers?  These acts are so inspiring and document the resiliency and grace of the human spirit.

The thing about “social distancing” is that it allows us to think you are  alone in dealing with all these challenges.  Although we can’t go out to restaurants or meet up for brunch or go to the gym or even attend sporting events – we all- collectively are experiencing the same thing.

This is where the power of social media comes into play.  It’s through social media applications like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and You Tube that we can continue to interact and connect.  We can continue to have relationships even if it’s not over a cup of coffee.  I am so thankful for these advancements in technology.

Of course, we could also build ourselves balconies and then at around 7:30 or 8:00 in the evening – step out on to them and sing songs to all those who are facing this crisis on the front line.  That sounds a lot more romantic than posting a comment on Facebook. Leave it to the Europeans to set the bar for style and grace.

Wishing you and your family a healthy and safe week.  Thank you for stopping by the blog today.

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