But this new unknown can also change our behaviors and bring about new ways of thinking.
I’m already seeing people show more kindness to others as we greet each other with a smile when walking our dogs (while social distancing) or passing one another on our bicycles.
We can be grateful for the outdoor areas we have – so many spots where we can take a breath of fresh air, without gathering in groups.
Kindness is being shown by the volunteering so many continue to do, and others are also joining, including Crossroads Community Ministries and Clyde’s Kitchen.
We are learning for the future. This will be in the history books, and our children will tell their children what life was like when the world, and school, was canceled. So, let’s talk to children in age-appropriate terms to help them understand this historical reality and its significance.
New ways of thinking at home?
How many times have you said, “when I have time…”? Right now, you might! I see more kids and families in the park, enjoying extended family time. Now could even be the perfect time for that postponed closet cleaning (not quite as fun).
New ways of thinking at work?
Businesses are learning different ways to adapt and innovate, and these don’t all need to be in the interim. We’ll have improvements in work lives based on what is being tried and learned now.
Remember, take a walk and smile and say hello to everyone you see.
We are in this together, and we will get through it together.
This story was written by Cathy Lussiana, a community contributor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Lussiana lives in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. She is a retired human resources professional who now enjoys traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, biking and writing.