Coping with the Coronavirus...better known as Covid19. Who would have ever, in a million years, thought that we'd be in this situation. I think it serves to remind humankind that, with all our advancements and technology, and no matter how intelligent we think we are, we are still just mere human beings, no matter how famous or important one may be, with frailties and powerlessness in the grand scheme of things. I know that I sometimes awaken and think "surely this was just a nightmare" and it still seems surreal sometimes to see people walking around with masks, lining up to get into a store or just see the main road, that is visible from my front window, seeming so deserted and empty, when it was previously packed with cars every morning and evening during "rush hour".
We are all getting so tired of the lockdowns, closures and especially missing family and friends. I feel a special compassion for the very young and the very old (although I am surely getting there myself!). It's one thing for children to learn online and it's quite another to have the social interaction with their classmates and teachers...to be a part of the chatter and sometimes chaos that is the classroom. On the other hand, I am so very grateful for the blessing of all this technology that allows us to keep in touch, to keep learning and to socialize online. I can't imagine what it was like for those quarantined in 1918 with the Spanish Flu, or in 1959, with the Smallpox epidemic, when there was no means, or only the telephone to communicate with friends and family. I have been able to enjoy the great benefits of being on video chat with my grandchildren and, though I want to hug them desperately, I receive so much joy from simply watching them, listening to them and just being silly with them! Of course, much of the time with my 8-year old granddaughter is spent checking out all the cool filters and backgrounds! These can certainly foster a child’s imagination and mine too!
One of the other things that I’ve noticed is that people, in general, are learning to be so much more grateful for the “little” things. The blessings of having so many entertainment options, yes, the video chats, the phone calls, the texting and sending photos, waving at someone across the street and so much more. We have also learned to appreciate so many people that we may have taken for granted all these years and for many of us, this epidemic has given us cause to reflect on who really keeps our world going and is important for in our daily lives. People like the most essential workers such as nurses and doctors that have gone above and beyond and have stretched themselves to the limits to keep up with all that’s happening. The grocery store clerks and staff…who really thought of how important they were before? The simple fact that before, we could simply walk into a grocery store, whenever we wanted and the shelves would be fully stocked with everything we could ever need. Seeing some of these shelves empty now, is a solemn reminder that we depend so very much on some of the least thought of professions out there. We can take a look at hockey, football, baseball and all the other sports and, while it was difficult for real sports fans to not be able to watch their favourite teams or go to the games, we did learn that they were not essential to what we needed to have to live.
And then, there is the amazing, wonderful and caring side of humanity that has shown up in ways we’ve never seen before and in such abundance. People helping others with picking up items for them, dropping off groceries and little gifts, organizing “drive-by” birthday celebrations, banding together to do so much more for the food banks, shelters and outreach centres. People have come up with wonderful, creative ideas on how to manage in these changing times, from the emergence of online grocery shopping and delivery to the bright, colourful masks, many of them handmade. It has also brought about a greater appreciation for local and small businesses and how we need to encourage and support them as a society. In many ways, this pandemic has united the world, albeit not in the way we would have chosen, but reminding us that we are all the same, in so many ways, even though our countries, language, lifestyles and cultures might be still seem so far apart. Covid 19 does not show a preference for who we are, where we live or what our beliefs are. This tends to make the world seem much, much smaller.
Lately, I have had requests to create unique, sometimes funny and sometimes sentimental labels for my soaps and candles. Employers, friends and families are looking for ways to express their gratitude, make someone smile or personalize their messages in a different way. This was my inspiration for creating candles and soaps with different messages, and letting people know that they can be personalized. I recently made some labels for my soaps that some team leads at the TD bank requested as a way to thank their teams for their diligence and flexibility in working from home and learning new ways to get the job done. How many people have had to learn to work from home and home school and multi-task in ways they never would have imagined before?!
If you have any special requests that you would like to have printed on soap or candle labels, please let me know and I will do my very best to accommodate you!
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