Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores
Photographer Patricia Gulick

Thursday, April 30, 2020

4/30/20 RMB Seeing 2020

4/30/20 RMB Seeing 2020

Dear Rita Mae Brown,
We are on the eve of our fifth month of 2020. Covid-19 has taken over 231,000 lives worldwide.  The phrase “seeing 2020” is often used for perfect vision. This year the virus has awakened an awareness in us all, of our vulnerabilities, our faith, our community, our hopes and our fears.

I believe the Universe speaks to us. What I refer to as the Universe, some call God, or science, etc. A rose by any other name is still a rose. What you call it doesn’t change its existence, just your interpretation of it.

We were squabbling over borders; creating more and more distinctions between us and “them”; damaging our earth and removing protections for our open spaces; allowing politics to determine our opinion above and beyond whatever the decent thing to do may be.

In this tragedy we face now, I hear a strong voice echo “Enough!”

Those borders we argued over are now closing and flights are grounded. We had trouble co-existing with our neighbors and now we have all been sent home for some long, hard thinking time. The land, oceans, and sky are breathing a sigh of relief from our constant abuse and pollution.

Everything exists in cycles, each cycle prompting along the next cycle. When we do our best, our future holds the best in store for us. It is time for us to be at our best now. As we move forward, we must take each step with care.

My heart goes out to those impacted by this virus and I send appreciation to those that are helping care for them, doctors, nurses, relatives and friends.

We have much more to be thankful for, from the grocery stores to restaurants that continue to serve us, to the military, police and other essential personnel that continue to keep our infrastructure dependable, the busses running, the lights on, etc. We will get through this…together.

With gratitude for the opportunity for me to voice my thoughts, all my best to you.