When I think of working together, the first word that comes to mind is teamwork. It’s been a while since all of us felt that we were thriving. We’ve all struggled with this pandemic and the aftershocks it has left on our lives. It’s difficult to fathom how we could be thriving when we’ve all been living on shaky ground.

One of the best ways we’re progressing is that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The vaccine is allowing more people to get a sense of normalcy back into their lives. Schools are beginning to operate back to a somewhat regular schedule. Businesses are rebuilding and starting to get their feet back on the ground. Attitudes are shifting into a more upbeat message, and people treat each other a little less hostile. Although it depends on which venue you look at. Social media still makes that statement questionable.

There is one common denominator with the way our world is today. That is the fact that we have all experienced this together. Tempers have been short. People have banded together to make sure that neighbors have gotten what they needed. We are working to meet each other’s needs more than we ever have before. Vaccines arrive every day for people to help protect themselves from the virus. Whether you get the vaccine or not, it is available.

So many people lost their jobs in the last year. It sickens me that our government had everyone stay at home and didn’t make provisions for the lost wages. Many people may disagree with me on this point, and that’s okay, but it isn’t right that people are losing their homes and livelihood because of this pandemic. Many are working together to ensure these people don’t end up on the street even with this knowledge.

Communities are banding together for food drives. Some places have drive-up food pantries that people can pull up to, with no questions asked, and get free food for their families. Clothing drives, online job fairs, and Zoom meetings have become frequently used while learning to adjust to our new “normal.”

Restaurants are adhering to new policies. Food handling has changed dramatically. Movie theatres are adjusting to new ways of staying open and keeping real to the movie experiences. Businesses, churches, and other venues are all adapting to changes. One thing remains the same. Society can not thrive by itself. It takes all of us to keep things going.

Communication has tightened up due to the lockdowns. Heated conversations have brought to light controversial issues. The best thing that has happened throughout this virus is that we all understand more intricately how much we need each other to prosper and grow. People take less for granted now because we’ve seen and experienced limitations. Parents and kids have gotten either closer or more disconnected due to the quarantine. Relationships have either gotten stronger or fallen apart with loved ones. Each day is challenging and a gift.

The last year has made me understand that we are all a part of something bigger than we know. Not only has communication improved, but we’ve all experienced compromise, forgiveness, stress, anxiety, depression, frustration, and compassion together. I’ve seen people who have been together for decades call it quits due to the proximity they’ve shared. I have also witnessed the joy of people who struggled with infertility to expand their families and celebrate their happiness with them.

My point is simple – we are all dealing with extreme emotions together. You aren’t alone in your frustrations. There is a world of people who share your angst. Be willing to acknowledge those emotions and keep pushing forward. You don’t have to be jerks in the world to get your point across all the time. There will be times that being an ass is necessary. Choose those times wisely.

Woman’s hand gesturing a heart shape over clear blue sky and warm sunlight

We are a stronger community together, and I hope that we all can celebrate together soon. In the meantime, cherish those around you. Be grateful for the times you can experience. Be the voice of change and leave an imprint on the world that changes lives for the better. After all, together, we all make a difference. It’s up to each of us to determine what those changes will be. Have a great weekend, everyone.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s