HELLO…Hello…hello out there! How’s your social distancing going? Are you feeling the effects of self-isolation?
I’m hearing mixed reviews from those I’ve connected with (from a safe distance of course). Some have absolutely no idea what to do with themselves while others are thrilled to finally have time to catch up on things they’ve been putting off for years. Some are frantically finding projects to do and missions to accomplish while others are savouring a welcomed time of rest. Some are taking advantage of every possible source of social media while others are savouring time to themselves in solitude.
For me, this entire experience takes me back to a little over a decade ago when I lived in self-isolation with my 18-year-old son, Ben as he battled leukemia. Given that his immunity was compromised, I had limited contact with anyone in the outside world. Life as I knew it shifted significantly. Social interaction was taboo. Dietary restrictions were put into place that excluded buffets and salad bars. I was scrubbing down before I touched anything, wearing a mask, gloves and gown as I sat next to his hospital bed. Not to mention sanitizing everything around my house to keep it as germ-free as possible. I even had a hand-sanitizer station set up at my front door to welcome anyone who crossed the threshold. “Normal” life came to an abrupt halt as my family and I were thrust into a “new normal” with a single sweep; learning to hope for the best while preparing for the worst.
Sound familiar? It’s not unlike what we’re going through in these days of coronavirus precautions. See if your experience feels anything like this:
Lisa Elliott is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of The Ben Ripple and Dancing in the Rain. Additionally, she has written articles for Just Between Us Magazine and devotionals for theStory. She and her pastor-husband, David, have four children (3 on earth, 1 in heaven) and serve the Lord together in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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