This Is Real

All we hear about these days is the Coronavirus.

Coronavirus.

Coronavirus.

Coronavirus.

Are you sick of hearing about it? Cuz I know I am.

Everywhere I go people are talking about it. My ears are ringing with it. My head is spinning round, and round, and round with it.

The mission outreach I volunteer with is shut down for the next couple weeks. My church isn’t meeting again for awhile. My friend’s baby shower is cancelled. Another is doing her college courses from home. I’m not going to a wedding because I’ve self-quarantined myself. My library closed.

Schools are shutting down. Countries are closing their doors. Weddings, trips, sports events, concerts, festivals, conferences, you name it. Their all getting cancelled.

It feels like the world is going crazy. Or maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m going crazy.

Every waking hour, it pounds in my mind.

COVID-19.

At first, I barely thought of it. It wasn’t a big deal. It was over there in China. It wasn’t effecting me.

Now?

Now it’s reality.

And sometimes, it feels like the only reality.

Have you felt that? Like it’s the only thing that’s real anymore?

Like the Coronavirus is just stealing over the world and your life and everything else has just faded into the background of hazy insignificance?

But I don’t want it to be that way.

I realize that the Coronavirus is serious. We need to talk about it, to be aware, to be ready and prepared. We need to remember that it’s here and it’s now. It’s real.

But so are the stars.

And the hug from your sister.

The little, trusting hand that grabs on to yours as you cross the street.

The sun that rose this morning in warm, golden splendor.

The gentle breeze that brushes against your face.

The bird that sings lustily outside your open window.

The card that came in the mail, just because someone was thinking of you.

The press of a friendly hand, the laughter of a child, the inexplicable peace that steals over you and settles in your heart even though everything else is spinning out of control.

It’s all real. Just as real as the Coronavirus. Just as important. Just as powerful.

I know it feels overwhelming right now. It’s scary and uncertain. But in the midst of it all, never forget that truth and beauty are just as real and just as powerful as the darkness and the fear.

Take care of yourself. Help your family. Keep tabs on what’s happening. Listen to good advice.

And in the craziness of it all, keep looking for the good things in your life. And in your world. They are there and they are very real.

We just have to have the eyes to see them.

Hang in there, my friend. ❤️

Eden

19 thoughts on “This Is Real

  1. Excellent post! That is very true. We have been talking about this in my family, that this is something we need to take seriously, but that doesn’t mean it’s all we need to think about and it doesn’t mean we need to panic. We need to take the precautions, be considerate of our community, and keep living our lives- even if that means staying home for a while. I have enjoyed hanging out with my family the past several days, since I can’t go to work and everything around town is shutting down. We bake. We sing. We watch LOTR. We are taking precautions, but that doesn’t mean we have to live in fear. We are going to deal with this thing one step at a time.
    It’s a real pandemic, and it’s troubling. But you’re right, it’s not the only real thing. The sun is real. The first day of spring is real. There is still so much beauty and we need to remember it.
    Thanks so much for posting this!

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    1. We need to find the balance between freaking out or not caring at all. I absolutely agree! It sounds like your family is making wise decisions. (and watching LOTR has got to be one of the best ways to spend time together. 😊 I support!)
      Thank you for reading!!

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  2. It crazy how everyone constantly talks about it. Thank you for this wonderful reminder. It is real, but so is hope and fun and laughter. Good luck to us all during this time. Stay safe.

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  3. “But in the midst of it all, never forget that truth and beauty are just as real and just as powerful as the darkness and the fear.”
    Ahh! Yes!! This is so true. I wish more people would remember this! (And I wish I would remember it more often. 😛)
    And, yeah, don’t worry… I’m pretty sure it’s the world going crazy, not you. 😉💛

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  4. So this was lovely and I love it. ❤️
    (I’m really really tired of hearing about the virus…I get it’s real and it’s serious but could we NOT talk about it 24/7??? So even though I’m not like, SCARED, or anything, I’m TIRED. To which stars and birds and friendship are just as real and necessary an antidote. So thank you. 🙂)

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  5. You are SO POETIC!! ❤

    A thousand thanks for this wonderful reminder, Eden! 🙂

    I've been able to catch up on some computer work (as opposed to technical work which is my main day job), which is great because it was very needed. And I've been balancing between listening to *factual (which I shall emphasize for good measure, as I'm sure you understand 😉 news from Ben Shapiro and the *unabridged audiobooks of the entire Narniad, starting with The Magician's Nephew read by Kenneth Branagh (he's absolutely perfect and does all the voices wonderfully well). 🙂

    Narnia is MAGIC.

    What have you been able to do due to this COVID-19?

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    1. Awww, you are so sweet!! Thank you! ❤️

      You’re most welcome. Thanks for reading!

      That sounds fun! The Narnia books are absolutely wonderful…I feel like every time I read them, I just love them more. 😊 (also, finding audio adaptions that you like is akin to finding buried treasure. 😄)

      Hmm…well, for starters, I’ve been able to sleep in late (YAY!), I’ve been able to catch up on reading, (I’m starting to get into audio books more. who would have known?). I’ve also been sending mail and wasting LOTS of time on the internet. I am determined that I will get a bunch of writing done because I have all this free time on my hands and I call myself a writer so I should be writing like mad, right?

      Alas, procrastination is a cunning master. 😬

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      1. So I now own used CDs of the entire trilogy from Harper, but YouTube has uploads of the books as well (I’m providing this for sampling): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoT1RytZX_M

        Yes. absolutely. Another one I’m excited to listen to is LibriVox free public domain dramatic reading unabridged of Romeo and Juliet – the main cast – R & J esp. are done SO WELL. J sounds SO sweet and R is very quiet yet SO tender when he speaks to her. *swoons over*

        Ah! Do you go to school (a physical school)? Sleeping in is awesome! I was able to do that yesterday when the company I worked for closed for the day.

        I’m so VERY happy to hear you’re getting into audiobooks! What have you been listening/reading to currently? Of course, I certainly recommend Librovox.org for their audibooks of classics. Listening to Shakespeare is bringing his works to life and ten times better than reading it on paper 😛 Nuances of the speaking language right? (Tip: Look up Elizabeth Klett as the reader – I highly highly recommend her readings.)

        Yep. Me too. Internet is the Siren. (If you understand my Greek mythology reference 🙂 But I like to be able to catch up on reading some posts that are epic but I missed due to time/work constraints.

        🙂

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