I saw something the other day lamenting the fact that many kegs of beer have been stranded at sports venues, restaurants, convention centers and the like due to the rapid onset of shutdowns in wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Then I came across a feature story from the Eastern Arizona Courier newspaper in Safford, Ariz., about some folks who are making some dough off the situation.
Point One: The launch of our Dream Chasing 101 booklet series was delayed due to the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Two: Initially, the pause seemed a good idea because all focus was on the coronavirus.
Three: The “real world” has pretty much been put on hold while the disease runs its course and humans (well, many humans) attempt to minimize the casualties.
Four: What we’re beginning to see now is the formation of new realities. More working and schooling from home, increased respect and rewards for service providers whose importance was once minimized, necessity of a substantial healthcare foundation for all, a valid need for dependable and widespread Internet availability … among beginners.
Summation: Maybe chasing dreams is now more important than ever.
Conclusion: Stand by for publication of the Dream Chasing 101 seven-part series very soon.
While we’re collectively looking forward to getting back to “normal,” we must realize that it might, indeed, be a “new normal.”
Jobs, schools, transportation, entertainment, socializing, religious services, medical care, economics … just how far will transformations go? So, if anything and everything might be subject to change, now just might be the best time for us to consider positioning our lives to move in a new direction.
A good bit of what you will read in the forthcoming booklet series is colored with having a good attitude, making the best of situations and finding happiness where you are.
Right now, we find ourselves sheltering in place, Friday marking two weeks since anything but necessary business outside of our home. Well, since our current RV park is in the country, we have enjoyed walks two or three times a day.
Wednesday, however, we did something extra special … still within the safety of our home.
“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” goes the line adapted from Robert Burns.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,” said John Lennon.
“Man plans, God laughs,” according to a Yiddish proverb (Mann traoch, Gott Lauch).
In the last post, one week ago, I laid out our 9-month-old plans for a cruise with six friends from Chile through the Panama Canal to Florida. We had been doing a lot of debating about whether the rising coronavirus threat should cause us to change our plans. We all knew we were taking a chance, but at least three of the four couples, including us, were going anyway.
“May you live in interesting times,” I’ve often heard said, is a traditional Chinese curse. The thought, whether originating in Asia or not, is that times are made more “interesting” when they are filled with strife and trouble; peaceful times are boring.
I refuse to allow discord to co-opt one of my favorite positive words – interesting – because we like to think we live interesting lives.
Sometimes one travels to see something in particular.
Often, that something is a tourist landmark that everyone else sees – Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, the Great Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, Mount Rushmore, Fenway Park – but when you’re lucky, and when you’re looking, you get to see the unexpected.
It might be said the wandering ways Leah and I have adopted are partially rooted in a chance encounter we had more than 20 years ago.
To be sure, we had already set out on a modest mission to explore the United States and, by that time, had already been to Hawaii, Yellowstone, Disney World and maybe New England. However, our new friend changed how we looked at everything.