When Me Becomes We

Many times in the past I have written about the importance of taking care of ourselves. Ensuring the well being of our mind, body and soul, is often the key to the power that we need to also take care of those that are around us. How we think, act and conduct that process of taking care of ourselves, has never had a more profound impact on our outside world than it does today. The steps that we take to deal with this evolving situation will ultimately determine not only our own fate, but the fate of all those we care about and love.

Being confined to four walls is hard. For most of us, it runs contrary to the way that we have lived our entire lives. Suddenly, dining with friends, going to the grocery store, a trip to the post office or a visit to a family friend, carries risk that we don’t even fully comprehend. Why should we? The mixed messages we get from those that we expect to lead us confuse us every day, as we seek guidance on the actions that we should be taking. It is our own decisions and common sense that will ultimately determine the effect our actions will have on the “we” as a whole.

There is no question that each of us has the responsibility to ignore the noise. We must decide for ourselves what the personal and social effects of our decisions will have on those we love. It is no longer just about us. It is about that parent we will interact with, the grandparent that is an important part of our lives, the neighbor who we look after, or even that unknown person that just wants to survive. It is about each and every human being trying to navigate their life path. We now play an important role in the course that path will take.

While we have become a “me society” with built in expectations that we get what we want when we want it, this time is different. Our packages no longer show up in two hours. Our grocery deliveries no longer come within a day. Our desire to socialize in person is currently not possible. We now have to stop and evaluate our lives in the lens of our new reality. In that evaluation, we must consider that it is no longer just me. Me has definitely become we.

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