I saw a guy who was open carrying his pistol in Walmart this morning. That does not help anyone right now. He looked defensive and a little angry, like a kid who is about to get bullied on the playground. I should have talked to him and probably would have if he didn’t turn to get away from the every crowding aisle.
I opted to sing in Walmart. Old gospel hymns that I learned years ago while attending Joy Fellowship Night on Camp Casey, Korea (South Korea).
“God is so good, God is so good, Good is so good, He’s so good to me. I love Him so, I love Him so, I love Him so, He’s so good to me. He is Lord. He is Lord. He has risen from the dead and He is Lord. Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord.”
Then it transitions into the song “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back”.
I also sang “I’m going to take a trip“, but that one didn’t last long because I would have had to start dancing and getting loud to do it justice.
Yesterday I listened briefly to a podcast that a friend sent with two guys on it who were talking about preparing for the craziness that might happen as a result of the economic conditions yet to fall in America. Get your guns. Get your ammo. Have your food and water supplies. And I get it. I have done all of those things. But I am not clinging to those things to save me. I am being responsible to my family and my community. How can I help others if I can’t help my own family? You won’t and I won’t.
But one thing they said was that ‘fear is contagious’. And they are right. Think about going into haunted houses or being in on a sports team where you are going up against the number one bigger and more powerful team. Remember what that was like? You were afraid. You communicated that fear in your body language and in your words. It spread. And either it continued spreading or it stopped. And if it stopped then it was because someone chose not to be afraid. Maybe that emboldened you, maybe it didn’t. Maybe their lack of fear or their courage helped you. My guess is that it did.
Here is the deal. Joy is contagious. Think about babies and kittens. Not together, although together I challenge anyone not feel stress relief (unless you just really, really had cats). A young baby just learning to smile is like having an Easy button from Office Depot on their belly button. Look at them and smile and guess what….they bust out grinning and then you really smile and you both feel great. That is contagious joy. That baby is looking to you for what to feel. You smile and the baby feels safe. You are a safe human being and they instantly trust you. The sad part is, we later learn that everyone who smiles is not trust worthy. But that is beside the point. Smiling is good for your health and good for your soul.
Now inspiration. Inspiration is a double-edged sword, right? Hitler was inspirational and look at what he did. Ghangis Khan – a fierce general unlike the world had ever seen at that point. But look at Ghandi, Jesus, mother Teresea, Franklin “Teddy” Roosevelt, Billy Graham, your football coach, soccer coach, softball coach, and basketball coach (sorry baseball, tennis, and golf people – I did not have inspirational coaches in those sports….). What about your preacher, rabbi, sheik, priest, professor, a motivational speaker from a TED Talk, or wherever?
Inspiration. It catches, but only if you believe it and only if you see the picture they are painting and choose to embrace it.
So the goal is this, know your facts. Get your numbers (virus and financial) from trusted sources (1, 2, 3) directly not the mass media. Interpret the data for yourself. Know that the banking industry and financial industry are in good positions to handle the situation if we all stay calm and do not panic.
When people are touting fear and panic – recognize it and STOP. Courage is needed right now just as much as it was needed in the past critical moments in time.
Get creative with your solutions. Practice living on less food (we can all loose weight for the most part – except those who are suffering from eating disorders, please EAT!, you are beautiful and food is not your enemy!).
And sing. Sing inspirational songs that work for you while you are out in public. Think about Elf, the movie or play. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear!” Don’t get too crazy with it, unless you just feel like it. But sing, and let your song nurture your soul.
I love you, my fellow humans and readers. Find your joy and your hope. It is worth it. And stay true, even if the world around you is losing their mind.