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I See Resilience in All of Us

We’re in a bit of a limbo at the moment…somewhere between what felt like the shutting down of much of our world and the gradual re-introduction to life as we knew it. Some are resuming their lives more quickly than others, depending on where they live and personal circumstances. Others are stepping out of it slowly, tentatively. It can be disheartening to watch friends in other states begin to embrace – actually HUG –  family and other friends, go back to work, go out to a restaurant, if we are still waiting for that freedom, that gift. Or if we are worried, unsure. Here we are, processing everything and attempting to sort out our thoughts. 

Since each of us faces unique circumstances, taking our own next steps will look different from everyone else’s next steps. This isn’t a time for comparing or judging – not that there ever is really a good time for those things. This is a time for believing in ourselves, being patient with ourselves and others, and for faith. It may not feel like it, but we’re in the home stretch and WE CAN DO THIS.

I’ve been noticing so much determination, encouragement and grit all around, in people everywhere, and it’s inspiring. These examples shine for us like a beacon of light in all the murkiness we’ve been wading through. 

❦ Moms who discovered a whole new meaning of “stay at home mom,” and rose to the occasion. Nurturing, playing, schooling, cooking, comforting, cleaning all become so much more consuming when we are all at home all the time.

 I see resilience in you.

❦ Moms – and Dads – who juggle office work at home with caring for young children. Grateful to still have a job and income, but overwhelmed and stretched thin because it’s hard enough to give both work and our children the attention, passion and parts of us they each deserve, much less have any time left for ourselves. 

 I see resilience in you.

❦ Teachers who persevered to find a way to continue teaching virtually redefined what it means to be a teacher. They had individual zoom sessions with kids who needed personal support, they made “house calls” and explained lessons from the other side of a screen door and they drove around placing signs on graduating students’ lawns to make sure they felt celebrated. 

I see resilience in you.

❦ Doctors and nurses who show up every day to keep us healthy. These people face unimaginable daily challenges as they go about healing the sick while trying to protect their own health. We can’t truly grasp the emotional weight they carry as they continue to fulfill their calling.

    I see resilience in you.

❦ The people who are temporarily out of work, praying to be back at their jobs soon. Some have taken temporary jobs in areas deemed “essential.” All are trying to support their themselves and their families and be productive, until they can return to doing the work they love. 

    I see resilience in you. 

❦ Children doing school from home – some embracing and some just trying to learn this new way. Most are itching to be back in class with friends and getting to return to all the activities that they love.

    I see resilience in you.

❦ College kids who were removed from their campuses which had become second homes. In the blink of an eye they lost – at least temporarily – their blossoming independent lives and a world where they were happily surrounded by all their friends. Now they are hoping to return to campus in the Fall, and we are hoping this too, with all our hearts.

    I see resilience in you. 

I see resilience in ALL of us. We lean on, support and encourage eachother. We CAN see this through and we will emerge better than before. 

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