What are you going to hoard?
Toilet paper! I must say I love the jokes and I’ve even made up a few myself but, sorry, this really isn’t the place to tell them. How people have reacted regarding toilet paper is a great sign about how we can react in a crisis. We can hoard or we can react with humour. The great thing about humour is that it can open us up to another point of view and invite us into a different way of acting. If you have just over a minute, watch this Italian Grandmother’s suggestions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mzThYPuzs4. She has common sense, good ideas and, above all, compassion.
We can hoard toilet paper or we can hoard compassion. The first looks after number one (and two, if you like) but the latter opens us up to others and a wider possibility for living and loving. Hoarded compassion must be given away. Yes, we do need toilet paper but we need each other more. I read a piece by an infectious diseases specialist who has worked across the world working with different diseases and stated that the worst ‘disease’ he faced was fear: a fear that closes us down to others. Aside from anything else, it is not good for our health.
Most reading this are not yet at risk. The virus hasn’t reached out areas. But we can prepare. We can begin to think and imagine how we could support each other if it did come our way. Like the grandmother’s wink in the Youtube clip, we can find new, fresh and even interesting ways of bonding with those around us and those we love, even if we have to keep some distance. God has created us as a family. This is a opportunity to open and strengthen our family bonds. And…keep the jokes coming.
Loving God, our human family faces a crisis at this time. Give us good humour to lift our spirit sand help us find new ways of supporting each other in compassion. We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us.
Sr Kym Harris