It’s been a bit tough to post lately. There’s been so much uncertainty here in my home state of Washington, and when we went on lockdown with nearly everything closed, it was as if a weight hung over my head. But things are looking up a bit, and we’re adjusting to our ‘new normal’. And I’ve got to say, I’m glad for our digital tools to keep in touch!
When the current covid-19 crisis turned pandemic, I kept thinking back to the 1918 pandemic that was dubbed, The Spanish Flu, for rather odd reasons. Miss Livingstone’s daughter was very nearly born in the time of this terrifying and horrific threat. So I had researched it and tried to imagine what it would be like. I can tell you, it was unlike what we’re going through now. Because now we have each other!
Our tools to get news instantly across the world and to communicate on blogs and socialize digitally are amazing aids to slow the spread of disease and to keep us mentally and spiritually well.
In 1918 there was much they didn’t understand, but they couldn’t communicate the things they did know to help the population avoid getting sick and/or change from sickness to life threatening illness. Also, odd things happened due to political choices of talking frankly or hiding the threat to ease the masses. Most think that’s why the outbreak was named the Spanish flu, because Spain spoke of it freely while other countries hid it or skewed the numbers. So Spain mistakenly was viewed as hardest hit, and many blamed them as the source. Political decisions can still skew the view, but social media and platforms like blogging allow many independent voices to share their experiences – boots on the ground. We can see the broader picture if we look.
I’m appreciating the free social press and its diverse wide-scattered voices that feel so present with me. I’m also appreciating the world-wide organized press and our direct instant access to words from organizations like the World Health Organization so we know the latest ways to stay safer and help keep our communities well.
But at this very moment, I’m mostly appreciating the encouragement. After nearly a week of near isolation, it helps to hear stories of how other bloggers are feeling, of what people in my neighborhood are doing to support authors, musicians and other artists online or how they’re buying gift cards from local restaurants to keep their revenue coming in while it’s toughest for them. When the organized news spreads stories of hardship, it’s great to understand that people, all around me, are helping. In 1918, people hid in their homes, deathly suspicious of others, uncertain what was going on out there. Through digital sharing we spread good health through a clearer picture and raising spirits with cheer. We can continue to take positive steps to support each other and maintain our unity to fight and defeat this thing together!
I’m here for you! Thanks to all of you who post, for being here for me too! Be well!