I recently read an excellent article which elaborates a theory that the world is currently experiencing a massive, collective grieving. The first step of grief is denial. Are we in denial now? Denial of what??
We are all witnessing a shift. Deep in our guts there is an awareness that there is no going back to "normal" (a.k.a, the way it was.. a.k.a, the past). The Coronavirus just closed the chapter on an old era. That era is not coming back. We will miss it. We will suffer uncertainty and fear as we fumble towards what is next. Letting go of the familiar is never easy.
What era did we just leave. I believe historians will look back on pre-corona times as something like The Golden Era of Decadence. Think about the myriad of conveniences, comforts, and excesses. Think of the money spent on silly gadgets. Consider popular music videos full of luxury cars and money being sprayed around like there was a never-ending flow of wealth. You could throw stacks of money around. There was always more.
Do you feel like throwing stacks of money at trivial things now? No. That era has gone.
So we grieve, and that's natural. We sit locked into our apartments in denial binge watching netflix like this is a storm cloud that will pass over. Waiting until someone will tell us we can go back to our old lives. Then there will be anger, bargaining, depression, and finally.... acceptance.
I want to get to this acceptance as fast as possible. I want you too as well. The sooner we are there, the sooner we can be present with the way things are right now. This isn't a break. This, right now, is our life. When we accept that we can engage it fully. When we accept that we can begin to make the changes that will create our new future. We can begin to tell ourselves a better story than the one we shared in the old era. We can tell ourselves a story that favors the well being of humans over profits; that prioritizes more time for leisure, play, and sharing with our friends and families; that is more conscious of the rest of the natural world, understanding our interconnectedness with it.
It all begins with letting go of that old era. Are you ready to let go and embrace this moment?