Our lives all have #Seasons
. As years pass, we each undergo our own periods of rebirth and growth (spring), of warmth and abundance (summer), of turbulence and loss (fall), and of the chilling stillness that follows (winter). From this perspective, it’s quite an ironic twist of fate that the current #COVID19 #Pandemic
has pulled humanity into the midst of the “autumnal” grieving process with the start of the first #Spring
of the new decade here in the northern hemisphere.
As a November baby, I was born in the #Fall
, and for better or worse, my childhood and adolescence were heavily guided by the dynamics of #AnticipatoryGrief
. My mom was diagnosed with #BreastCancer
when I was a toddler, and passed away when I was fifteen years old. As a consequence, my most formative years were heavily shaped by an awareness that her time was limited.
But over those years, we learned how to value the time we did have together. By the time my mom passed away in the winter of 2007, I was able to find the personal #Meaning
that I needed to carry me through into spring, literally and figuratively. I have always felt a sense of duty since then to bring her spirit with me through life’s ups and downs. If she were still around today to continue her practice as an emergency physician, I’m sure she would have had a lot to contribute at the frontline of the crisis.
With the pandemic, we’ve already witnessed the #Loss
of tens of thousands of individuals, carried away from us like fiery-colored leaves in the #Autumn
breeze. Unfortunately, there will be more loss to come, so we must continue to adapt our lifestyles to the increasingly rough weather. But in the weeks ahead, we can also put our fears aside, express #Gratitude
for the people in our lives, and admire some of the vibrant souls who sadly may not make it through with the rest of us. When “winter” arrives and the solstice of the crisis passes, we must find #Stillness
in the #Chaos
to reflect and build #Solidarity
. And when the time comes, “spring” will eventually greet us again like it always has, and we’ll come out of the bitter cold with #Resilience