My world has become both smaller and larger, close ups magnify: butterfly on wild strawberry and magnolia leaves in my courtyard
Day 6 (I think):
Fear keeps rearing its ugly head. Worst case scenarios like “What if I never see my loved ones across the Atlantic again?”
Making a list of end-of-the-world situations our first-world grandparents, parents and we have come through over the past century: WWI, “Spanish” flu, Great Depression, WWII, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Korean and Viet Nam wars, May 1968, Cuban Missile Crisis, Oil Crisis, Chernobyl, 9-11 Gulf Wars and Recession, Financial Crisis of 2008,…Pandemic?
Am I leaving anything out?
Fortunately French artist Catherine Jonville relayed this on her feed: *
“Boris Cyrulnik: After the coronavirus, there will be deep changes, that’s the way things work.
“We have to adapt to an invisible agressor. Humanity only evolves through crisis. After this crisis, the family and the couple will once again become havens of peace.
Crises are part of the human condition. There have been ice ages where we had to adapt by hunting more. And during the periods of global warming we had to farm more. We have already faced many epidemics which have triggered cultural revolutions, great adaptations.
Right now with quarantine and confinement we must focus on inner exploration.
Along with reading, cooking will become more important whereas before we snacked on industrial food. We’ll listen more to the radio and music. We’ll adapt by retreating into ourselves, we’ll rediscover the values of our grandparents.
For those who worry about their jobs, their family, their children, I say we must worry about taking protective measures. If we follow them, uncertainty will decrease. If we adapt to confinement, there will be fewer reasons to worry.
When the epidemic is over, we will see that we have dusted off old values which will serve to develop a new way of living together.
For more about his life and works see:
*For more about Catherine and her art, see:
Focusing on gratitude, connecting, going outside, moving my body, cultivating beauty, and releasing expectations of “normal” (see previous post)
Wishing you resilience!