The Things We Miss the Most

Hugs.

Solitude. Live Music.

Freedom. Family in another state.

Seeing kids playing and learning together. Kids’ sports and end of the year activities.

The beach.

These are a few of the things people said they were missing during this crazy time of lock-down and limitations.

The didn’t say they missed driving their expensive cars or skipping around town with expensive bags, shoes, designer clothes, or vacation homes.

Nope, people are missing the intangibles – connection, touch, community, family.

Are you surprised? I’m not.

Not long after we were given shelter-in-place instructions, I was on a call with several friends and I was asked my thoughts on the situation.

I said I thought one possible positive outcome would be that we would come to an understanding of what is truly important.

The intangibles – health, family, friends, community, connection.

Today I believe perhaps we will also learn to appreciate things we have not fully appreciated in the past: our freedom, those who spend their days with our children – childcare providers, teachers, coaches – as well as healthcare workers, grocery workers, agricultural laborers and others who are still working behind the scenes to keep our essentials available.

Maybe we will change our perspective about those we thought we should look up to.

Maybe we will change the way we live our lives, what we spend our time on, who we celebrate and how often we stop to listen to the birds or watch the full moon rise over the hills.

Maybe, just maybe, we will begin to understand the strength to be found in stillness.

That in order to process our feelings we must feel them.

That the only thing we truly have is this moment and the fullness in our hearts when we think of those we love and all we have within us.

be well. stay well.

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