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Ever wonder about how you fit in the big scheme of things? Like the coronavirus pandemic that is plaguing us, what can we do about it? Or more specifically what can you, me, or anyone do? What’s your role in all these?
A daunting task just thinking about it. I called it, “figuring out our place in the natural order.” Basically, everything has its place. They do not happen by chance. It’s the natural order. And it is up to us to figure out where do we fit in.
On the approach to his 78th birthday, Parker Palmer offers up his six life’s learning which are insightful to the task I seek. And his six lessons (- and my two cents) are as follows:
- Withering into the truth through self discovery – no magic formula nor shortcuts
- Poetry as a form of personal therapy – leveraging others’ wisdom & observations
- Saying “enough” to things that’s not serving – focus through life experiences
- Caring for and learning from the younger generations – continuity of life
- “What do I want to give myself to?” – re-purposing with abundance mindset
- Making the life worth dying for – executing to the natural order
Source: Withering Into the Truth | On Being
Have you found your place in the natural order?
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Should the schools be re-open? The answer is unequivocally yes. But the real question is not whether the schools be re-opened but when?
The same applies to businesses, communities, and other areas of public interests. Given no vaccine or therapeutic available in the foreseeable future, how can public places be open safely? The decision at hand is really a risk management process during the outbreak.
And the White House in conjunction with the CDC has published the guidelines on what criteria are considered safe for individuals, employers, and vulnerable population during each of the phases. Prudent to follow these guidelines and not rush into re-opening.
Unfortunately, Mr. Trump does not follow prudent advice. He wants the schools re-opened in the fall (he believes it will help his standing in the November presidential election). Similar mistake were made on the states’ reopening. Many of which are now halting that decision due to resurgence of the infected cases.
Arne Duncan, the former secretary of education under President Barack Obama, characterized it best about Mr. Trump’s style: “threatening people, bullying them, lying doesn’t stop the virus from spreading.” If only Mr. Trump would listen.
Do you think your state and local governments are ready to reopen the schools?
Is the Coronavirus (or rather our response to it) stressing you out? Well, you’re not alone. 65% American believe the COVID-19 pandemic is getting worse, not better. And this is after Mr. Trump declared it a national emergency almost four months ago.
The country is going through a lot during this outbreak: record unemployment, rising tension in race relation, restricted personal liberty, and banned from traveling to Europe. All meanwhile under the helm of a rogue president – Mr. Donald Trump.
So is there really anything to celebrate on this Fourth of July? Shelley Sackier’s story underlies the wisdom of seeing simplicity on the far side of complexity. Despite how difficult it feels, we just have to get through the chaos to appreciate the blessing.
Stay safe & have a nice week!