I’ve seen a spike in the number of WhatsApp messages I’ve been receiving of late. Almost all are a variant of the following message:
How have you been? I hope all is well?
Stay safe and strong.
And I’ve done my best to respond to each of these messages. Generic or not, it’s sent out of concern. It sure is a great conversation starter, something that we need to do more off to get through the next few weeks and months. In fact for me, WhatsApp and Zoom calls (and Microsoft Teams for work) have been the norm the past few weeks. I’m pretty sure that’s the case with most people right now.
In the first phase of the coronavirus quarantines, we spent a good deal of our time fretting about how we would fill it. We had so many hours, suddenly, so we scheduled Zoom meetings and Zoom support groups and Zoom concerts by the fistful. We scheduled and we Zoomed so much that we ended up spending the next phase of the coronavirus quarantine so fully exhausted by our Zoom schedules that we longed somewhat for the relative peace and quiet of the time before. We made Zoom groups to process all the Zoom feelings. We filled our days filling our days because community is better than being alone when you’re terrified.How to spend time in quarantine (slate.com)
Heck, who wants to cope with the stress of family, media, switching tasks, inventorying essentials, tracking the death tool, and god knows what else? We’ve got to pull ourselves together and get into the rhythm of things and what better way to do it than communicate? And what better time to do this than now?
If you’ve been feeling stressed reach out to someone you care, admire, and talk. It doesn’t matter if you’re all by yourself or with family — we’re social beings, bonding and connecting with people is what we do naturally. The worst we can do to ourselves is let this pandemic mess up the way we operate.
And I sincerely hope this message finds you well. If not, let’s connect.