About this time last year, COVID-19 began sneaking its way into San Diego, forcing us into the unfamiliar isolation and halting pace of a shelter-in-place. To remind us we weren’t alone in the weirdness (and to some degree, scariness) of our new reality, a kind neighbor posted flyers on every light post and mailbox in sight: 8:00 pm each night, grab your pans and wooden spoons, and holler out your window with all your might – a thank you to essential workers and a loud declaration that we’re in this together. Our raucous evening ritual went on for months, but then, ever so slowly, a few less pots rang out into the fading light. Drowning out the connection and togetherness, the country’s climate began to clang louder and mightier with rising tension. We forgot we were in it together, until one day, we reached 8:00 pm and there were no shouts, no clanging pots. In its place, we felt the heaviness of a divided people that had forgotten they belong to each other. A people tired and weary, unsure of where to go from here. So, as we are making a full round about the sun and arriving at March once more, it seems a timely opportunity to remind ourselves that we are in this together – whether this is a pandemic, grief and loss, celebration, or life itself.
To help us remember, I thought a community conversation might do us some good, so go ahead. Grab a cup of coffee or a bowl of popcorn, light a candle, and bundle up in that cozy blanket that’s a little worn in from overuse. Pull up your chair, and lean in close:
What is a recent act of compassion that reminds you of our shared humanity?
This is a community convo, so your response to this question is welcomed and encouraged in the comments section down below! As you read through other’s responses, please feel free to respond and engage.
A few quick community guidelines to create a safe space for all of us to show up, be seen, and share openly here:
- Differing perspectives and opinions are welcomed in this space (the more diverse our experiences and backgrounds, the better)! We will focus on voicing OUR OWN perspectives, without shaming or devaluing the expressed opinions of others.
- This is a platform that affirms the inherent dignity of every human life. Our comments will never demean an individual or an entire group of people.
- We are here to share our ideas and learn from each other so that we can show up in our everyday lives more whole and free. We are not showing up with the goal of drilling home our point or winning a debate.
- Community convos are a place to have fun, gain fresh perspective, and connect with other people. We show up with a willingness and commitment to take up space in such a way that all three are possible for all who gather here.