Life as We Knew It

Hintersteinersee Lake, Lake, Kitzbühel, Austria, Nature

Life as we knew it has taken a back seat to nature’s dictum. 

Here we are, the powerful humans — or so we think — now, the backstory to a narrative long in the making. We can pinpoint to exact reasons we’re staying indoors these days (as we should). But upon reflection, once layers of grievances are peeled to the heart of the issue, what do we find?

That we had it coming. In some way or other. The world as a whole, not any one person in particular. But the particularity of the person — the utter focus on the self to the detriment of the whole, which nature is part of — turned the collective attention away from that which benefits us all. 

I don’t know exactly what that is, but if I were to pick one word to describe it, it would be Nature. Something we are all part of. Something we should try harder to protect. 

Pasqueflower, Pasque Flower, Dew

But how?

One example, which I’m often guilty of:  Staying tuned to what’s going on is vital, yet all too often, a big part of me wants to retreat internally. Take care of my business. Focus on me and what’s immediately around me. And that’s not necessarily bad; it’s what makes us strong. But it’s not enough, is it? How can it be enough?

So, yes, life as we knew it will return to normal. A reassuring yet disturbing thought, because it was much of that previous normal that brought us here. I sure hope we use this pause to try and create a better normal all around. 

Photos credit: pixabay

11 responses to “Life as We Knew It

  1. I have a serious problem with the way life had become as I felt everything was about “ME.” Prices have become ridiculous and people can’t afford them. Also, we distance ourselves from one another. It is time for a NEW normal. People working together to help one another. Caring is a good thing!

  2. This is definitely a wake up call. May we work together to heal Mother Earth and each other.

  3. SUCH a wake-up call, Sylvia. I love what people are doing to help each other and hate the politicians who are trying to make hay out of the situation. They have no souls. Nature is re-establishing itself – I love the pictures from Venice showing the clear water of the waterways and porpoises returning to the lagoon. I wish I could help out but my age and my asthma makes me a bad candidate for doing that. What I and we all can do is make sure our friends and family are well and keep in touch.

  4. Hi Silvia – so much is happening isn’t it … beyond the expectations of all of us. Life will never be the same – yet we can all come together and look after each other by supporting and caring for our family, friends and colleagues. Take care … Hilary

  5. nature at the root of all we cherish, surely this time we can in these stolen moments come up with the kind inclusive loving normal… a girl has to dream.

  6. we’ll have to redefine normal – I hope things DON’T go back to the normal we’re familiar with, that we’re all shook up and take stock and move forward in more beneficial ways ..

  7. I really appreciate this perspective. There are many factors (historical and current) that lead us here. I think you are absolutely correct. And, do think we must all do our part on a daily basis. Very nice article.

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