Recently, while walking in my neighborhood, I noticed that people were practicing this aspect of social distancing. I also became aware that when I greeted people, some responded with surprise and others seemed to ignore me - no recognition; no acknowledgement; no nod, wave or words.
I tried to recall: was this lack of response as prevalent before COVID-19?
|Are you distancing yourself from others?|
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I wondered: as Americans, do we hear and respond literally to the words we hear? That is, when we hear the words "social distancing," have we begun to break the social ties with others?
How can you reconnect with loved ones and friends?
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It seems that we need social contact now more than ever! In fact, some people have taken to video conferencing with friends and church groups: Virtual Happy Hours, Virtual College Roommate Reunions, and live streaming religious services are a few examples.
So, a question for all of us: in this uncertain time where we potentially could be physically separated for weeks, how might we build -- or rebuild -- the social connections that could heal our divisions?
|Do we have the energy and desire to connect?|
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Creating a space for dialogue in this period of Social [Physical] Distancing may be one way to bring us together. We might be transformed as families, friends, and a nation if we could honor the 6 feet physical spacing that COVID-19 requires... and at the same time... use dialogue to replace any chasm that separates us. In essence, the mutation that occurs is not in the virus but in us: we begin to practice Social [Dialogue] Distancing when we come across dis-eases that separate us!
I am interested in hearing your perspective: what are you thinking, feeling or experiencing?
Peace and health to you and your loved ones!
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