Senses Are Treasures
Have you ever been robbed? Before this pandemic has anyone stolen from you? What about during it? If you lost something, was it a great loss? Or is it a replaceable one?
Look at your situation from different perspectives. Depending on your angle you can probably defend why you’re in great shape during COVID-19 or why you’d rather not be here anymore.
Unemployment has gone up tremendously and keeps climbing, there is uncertainty in the air, and a lot of people right now no longer have a job nor income. Why? Because of the virus? Did the virus rob you? Because a state’s governor decided to order people to stay at home and close nonessential businesses? Did the governor rob you? Because your employer laid you off because working from home was not an option? Did your employer rob you? Because of your type of business, maybe you had a focus on service or hospitality? Did you rob yourself for being in the wrong business? Whichever the case, it is simply not good if you feel like you just got sideswiped. For some it may even be horrible, because in addition to job loss and no income there may be loads of debt, no savings, no investments, no assets, but still rent to pay next month. But now ask yourself this, “Do I still have all my senses?” If you do, consider this question, “Would you rather lose your job, your income, and be in debt or lose one of your senses?”
Times sure are turbulent. And turbulent times can bring out the bad in some people. As for people who are already bad, this may be their cue to act because the coronavirus is an opportunity for them, at least as they see it. They may feel it’s time to really take advantage of the vulnerable, the frightened, and be on the hunt to rob without anyone noticing. It might be an individual, a closed store, an empty house. What are they trying to take though? Have you experienced someone trying to take something from you? If so, what was it? Something replaceable? Irreplaceable? In general what do thieves usually aim to take?
Now think about whether or not anyone ever tried to steal your taste buds? Or your vision? How do you even take someone’s actual vision? Has anyone ever told you to give up your sense of smell? What if someone wanted to hear the way you hear, how would that work? Or feel what you feel the way you feel? Chances are that if someone decided to rob you they want your money, your things, maybe information, but not your senses. And if you think about it, what is more valuable than your senses? Let’s say you could trade your sense of sight for any car you wanted, what would you do? Well, how do you drive a car if you don’t see what’s in front of you? Would you sell your taste buds for a million dollars? A billion? So much for fine dining if you do, right? Or enjoying any meal, forever, right? Think about this, your senses are your real treasures. And to the bandits they are hidden in plain sight, neglected even. With that said (written), if you’ve been robbed of a physical thing you owned, but still have all your senses intact, how should you feel?
Having senses is like having powers. Take a moment to appreciate them. And as COVID-19 continues on know that as long as you have your health and your senses your chances of making it to brighter days are high. Even if everything you built was destroyed, lost, broken, know that with your senses you can rebuild. Make what you lost stronger. Better.
Right now it’s key to really aim to not get the virus. To help stop the spread. Because this virus has been known to not only hospitalize people, but have them possibly lose their sense of smell and taste. This virus is not playing around and attacking unique treasures many possess. Don’t let it get you by putting yourself in danger. If you must take a hit at some point financially or emotionally now may be the time. Otherwise if you feel you cannot afford a hit right now proceed with real caution and protection. With awareness and purpose too.
And please, please, please, appreciate all the essential workers out there on the front lines day in and day out, especially those in the hospitals, the medical staff, those at the grocery stores, people doing deliveries, and so many others, please show them respect and care, give them space, and allow them to work and be protected.