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Stuck a Description of a 2020 Pandemic Experience

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How about it! Y'all feeling STUCK?

How about it! Y'all feeling STUCK?

STUCK!

Stuck in 2020, it has been a bummer! I mean unquestionable stoppage! When writing articles, an interruption is no surprise. To fill the blankness of a page invites the thoughts to flow, yet can meet with futile results. This blockage is altogether different!

A necessary lock-down decreases correct information, which can generate the potential for dangerous neglect of factual stories. Could it change our legacy? The current course in our history has blown our minds. Our collective response is, “What the Hell!” No one can believe the fate of this unimaginable year!

Though I am not one to curse, I don’t think I could stop! If the lid to my overwhelmed heart exploded, the words might overflow without a filter, as the steam releases. Pandemics, fires, politics, death, I am sure you see my point!

While frozen in the pandemic hiatus the world continues to advance. But the actual life of the average person moves in slow motion. They dance as marionettes on a string performing in a dream. The images before us are distinctive, but many prefer to turn away. Still, humans strive for a purpose, even in chaos.

Because communication is missing, groups challenge everything, creating anarchy and disillusionment. This bewildering season causes the basic act of going out in public to become confusing. The mundane task of grocery shopping is exciting, even sport when we home in on the less attainable items of hand sanitizer or toilet paper!

Who would have believed we would covet these supplies? What a strange reaction to a crisis! Communities embrace the activities of baking, crafting, and caring! But the world is, at last, placing a spotlight on the carried weights of protests! Both have substituted monotony to form stability. Dare I say, one of the two is of far greater importance. You can palpate the growing pulse of the movement! The multitudes form crowds to seek normalcy, and change because nobody wishes to remain stagnant by supporting complacency.

This horrid turn has supported a silver lining of gratitude! Shutdowns have developed into a precious time to refocus and reset. But how many of us recognize the moments we have discarded in our recent pasts. Sad, that it took a nightmare for us to see with clarity the quality time with our loved ones, the true heroes of our world, and of course the eye-opening spotlight on systemic injustices.

Can we admit, when in the everyday grind we often complain of endless projects and not having enough time! We groan about the constant irritation of a few breaks in our over-scheduled households. Now we enjoy the success of completed tasks with cohesiveness allotted, and the world celebrates them as enjoyable outlets. Had we forgotten the process of a genuine connection while living together?

Survival mode and the want to meet have our civilization in a state of proverbial attention deficit. Sometimes there is no appreciation of this precious gift of togetherness, and the horn honker road rage continues. I assume they wish to drive on cruise control, which does not always bring the smooth transition we expect. Pun intended!

Busyness is not better; it turns into clutter that reinforces escape. Despite that, it minimizes our ability to concentrate on what’s meaningful. Inspect yourself, consider before you speak, allow your feelings, and take a minute to breathe. The natural action of actual presence becomes obsolete or diminished when on autopilot. This unexpected significant change could produce a constructive result. Purpose-driven teamwork could make a comeback.

Remember Who Takes the Wheel When we Need to Swerve!

Remember Who Takes the Wheel When we Need to Swerve!

Let's get Focused on Getting Unstuck!

How do you pray with fervency without connecting with the highest power? You know, the guy upstairs who answers those requests! Our system has been pushing forward with minor consideration on how to proceed. Individuals have been driving themselves with a brief acknowledgment of who holds the wheel when they swerve. Have you ever wondered how you got to a place when going super fast, but you didn’t take a second to note the mile markers you passed! What are we missing when not appreciating what we have come through?

A standstill is not the worst! Complete immobility as a nation is far more ominous. We can continue to explore relationships during this span of confinement and make that headway. Focus on dreams, goals, servitude, meaningful connection, and prayerful re-direction. I am not talking flippant or plastic interaction, but disciplined introspective driven practices. The humble submission to a will greater than our own requires humility. A rare commodity when desires and selfish attitudes prevail.

If not true, we would see less fighting, more compromise. Individuals, families, and couples would take time to reinforce their walls with the support that elevates their potential collapse from implosion. Significant concentration is how we take steps even when life throws curves. The erratic reaction of unsettled communities smolders without a positive sense of being heard! Infighting is the very demise of our structures. Yet, we have developed into professionals at destruction as opposed to solution builders.

The earth spins on its axis, regardless of our position. So we rely on science that says we are always moving in space. But the earth feels strange when the conditions are not tranquil. Even while life continues, it’s understandable for despair to creep into the quiet. People, let’s get unstuck! Reboot and grow into a more constructive society. Look past the cover, whether literal or figurative, to the depth of your fellow man! Don’t you detect the irony of a mandate which supports people to hide behind a mask?

Why does one balk, at a safety measure, when we’ve always used a mask! Even before they were a required item. We bury ourselves behind our fake shield and stopped witnessing the authentic emotion underneath. This is keeping humanity, stuck! Buckle up for a ride into tomorrow together! Stop willing to bring back what separates us, our opinions, the overactive schedules, and serious unchanging routines or grievances! Let’s write a unique story, with a collaborative effort of utilizing the skills and talents of humanity worldwide! What is wrong with humanity! Sorry, I digress. I meant to say, no one listens to the alarm until it’s too late! Could we unclog our minds, fill with purpose, produce with ingenuity, and stay fed up with being, stuck!

Are you feeling stuck?

I get the feels of being stuck and imagine most people feel closed off, isolated. This year is not over, but most wish it was! We have places to go to! Yet, remain stuck if unable to pivot and change gears to alternative ways to connect. During challenging times, some of the best literary stories unfolded. What will be our legacy? Our stories are waiting. Stories of fortitude, social development, and problem-solving! If everyone is screaming, we hear nothing, and are less likely to become unstuck! Pull down the real masks and deflate the puffed-up chest. Put down the weapons of destruction and help one another to loosen the holds that keep us, STUCK!

Stuck and No Place To Go!

Are You Ready?

© 2020 Kathy Henderson

Comments

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on November 24, 2020:

Brenda,

Thank you for taking the time to read and share your comment. I am praying & believing in hope for the new year!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 23, 2020:

I definitely wish something would budge...I don't like being stuck.

I pray humanity will overcome this and get back to some normality.