If you were given the opportunity to write the news of the day, what would be your topics?
Needless to say, the subjects that confront us prominently at the moment would include the COVID-19 pandemic, racial unrest resulting in numerous street assemblies, a call for justice and equality, upcoming elections, a challenged economy, job uncertainties and threats to the effectiveness of our education system.
Of course, there are more. But these starters give us a good idea of where we are as a country and as a society.
I don't mind telling anyone that I have my concerns about each of these subjects.
I am a man of faith, but I still have anxiety about the unknown. We watch as the virus among us continues to ravage lives and families and even some institutions and traditions. History tells us that this kind of occurrence is not new.
However, since most of us were not around when there were similar challenges facing this country, this is new for many.
The directives that we are given on an almost daily basis tell us to do the things that are safe and cautious. We are to wear masks and wash hands, keep safe distances from others and to avoid congregating as much as possible. And, oh yes, as our opportunities for socializing have been fewer, we find ourselves dealing with daily emotional and mental lows. Some of us coincidentally have the annual battle that comes with the lessening hours of daylight.
Couple this with everything else that is going on.
And what about families who are trying to accommodate the fluctuating school schedules and demands, while trying to balance with that the need to go to work?
And the children, yes, the children.
While I am not a child psychologist, I do know that children need other children in order to grow up socially and mentally healthy. Even we as adults need each other in social interaction to remain somewhat adjusted. Senior adults are of major concern.
Our local senior citizens center along with all the other senior citizens centers around the state and even the country are on hold with most of the services they provide.
Our seniors are precious and delicate and need our attention and care. The forecast is that they may not be able to open for attendance for the rest of the year.
What will be the toll on this most valuable constituency in our society?
Time will certainly tell.
The coming election is prompting a level of hostility which should be of concern to all of us. Certainly, we should be firm in our beliefs and in our zeal to share them.
But is it possible that our zeal is getting out of control?
Have we forgotten how to disagree without being disagreeable?
Is victory in an election worth the destruction of valuable relationships, only to have to endure the same in two or four years?
And what about the children?
This is enough to drown us.
It is enough to damage us beyond soon repair.
I am watching as some of our sister cities are struggling to maintain a sense of community while forces are working to destroy that sense. Lives are being lost needlessly. Shops and stores are being looted and destroyed. Law enforcement agencies are being put to the test in many ways.
How can we survive?
How can we keep our heads above water in this midst of all this chaos?
I suggest that each of us do our share to keep our families and neighbors safe and in good productive communication. Let's make up our minds that we may not be able to save the world, but that we can do something where we are.
We can treat others right. We can promote and encourage the best in others. We can be concerned about the health and safety of the children.
In fact, we MUST do these things if we are to keep our heads above water.
And, Lisa says, "Richmond rocks!"