Kristie Lynn Nelson
As the Garth Brooks song lyrics so eloquently state and he so beautiful sings-“ if tomorrow never comes Will she know how much I loved her Did I try in every way to show her every day That she's my only one And if my time on earth were through And she must face this world without me Is the love I gave her in the past Gonna be enough to last If tomorrow never comes So tell that someone that you love Just what you're thinking of..”
Our world is changing around us daily, we are sitting idly by while we listen to the politicians and the medical experts guide us through our ever-changing lifestyle due to a pandemic that has spread across our nation. We are coming into focus on the view of scared faces, faces of caution and concern, faces of emotionless exhaustion and some of complacency to what they feel is unnecessary “freaking out”. Yes, there are some who think all of this ordered demand for social distancing and “stay at home” is just a bit too much and then there are others who don’t think it is enough and are completely petrified by all of this and have been driven to a completely neurotic state from the constant “down your throat” delivery of the media and government information on just how serious we all should be taking this and adding to our fears with the numbers of deaths and infected twenty-four hours a day.
There are others who are working amongst all this chaos and are mentally and physically exhausted and wearing their emotions on their faces and sleeves as they leave a long day. Love them, think of them and thank them.
While it makes sense to continue to share the details and keep us all apprised with the necessary information we crave as humans to relieve our minds, by knowing everything we can about what is happening in our world and what we might be presented with or endure, it can also just make people a bit batty, (no pun intended.)
So, they start cutting jobs and laying people off and they close “non-essential businesses” , (salon’s, restaurants, malls , even some parks) all of the things that are a part of the entertainment in our everyday lives and our financial stability and they give us nothing but the ability to sit and listen to their demands and scary facts across the television and through the media and they expect that we will continue to take all of this in , while sitting in boredom and that not one of us will start to come unglued? I think not.
We are human beings with many emotions and a limited fuse for sitting idly by. It won’t be long before some start to feel the unsticking of the glue and the pieces fall.
Lets not give them the chance to see us come to that point, turn off your televisions, turn up your radio’s , listen to your favorite songs, start a new project or fulfill a passion you always wanted to do but never had time for in the past. Show the media and the politicians we will not be controlled like puppets and molded into their fashion but will be our own person , with strong will and dignity and sound minds that control our own destiny’s by our powers and through the will of God not politics and media.
Let’s say prayers for the people on the front-lines, (all medical staff, grocery workers, truckers, gas station attendants, researchers, automotive repair workers, teachers and all the rest I may have missed.) Let’s be kind to one another and be understanding to others, even if the ‘freaking out” doesn’t make sense to you. Remember you can’t know every person’s history or the makings of them so don’t assume to know, just extend a comforting smile and a willingness to understand even if you are not sure you do.
For myself, this does not always come easy, even as a nurse, you can’t train someone to care or be comforting, that comes from the heart and from within oneself and some days you have to search deep to get there, but when you do the reward is certainly worth the effort.
During all this uncertainty, I have decided to re-visit my joy of writing and to share it with all of you. I hope that you find something in my writings that reaches out to you and I thank you for coming along on my journey with me.
Remember… “We Shall be Free” – Garth Brooks (take a listen) it’s a great song!
And ,,,, May your possibilities be endless…..