Keep Your Distance

I’ve been impressed with the way the media has embraced social distancing.

John was flipping through channels to catch some early morning news and came upon ESPN. (With no sports whatsoever they’re making big deals of trades. Sports with words only.) What was notable was how only one person was in the studio. On a show that typically has three men and/or women giving their opinions about current sports, all three were in different locations.

With the news going overboard on how to do life during this pandemic, it was nice to see people making necessary adjustments to approach every day living with an intent to help put an end to this thing.

COVID19 has taken me off my game. As an extrovert who is an inveterate hugger, I’m finding it challenging to show good friends how great it is to see them. Of course, the fact that I’m not seeing good friends because I’m sequestered at home doing my job virtually should free me from any anxiety about my behavior.

I miss the closeness.

I did have to go to the dentist a few days ago–I broke a tooth. I’m grateful for services that remain available even in these challenging times. The office had sent out an email to all patients that they were doing everything possible to keep up with the cleanliness and precautionary procedures to ensure the office was contaminate free.

I was heartened by their efforts but didn’t hesitate to go; I was tired of my tongue made raw from playing with the broken tooth.

I’ve known the office personnel there for years. They are wonderful people, good friends, and when I show up for an appointment, I typically give hugs all around. Anyone choosing to work in an office that focuses on the mouths of people should be considered a saint.

Everyone kept their distance.

As I stared into the masked face of the gal fixing my tooth, I asked if she felt safe. She wore gloves as she worked, but these are precautions the dentist makes all the time.

She didn’t feel safe so much as sad. Sad that this was how folks had to interact.

The coronavirus has pointed out an issue that has been growing for years. We may have physical closeness with others by virtue of crowds, but we are losing our ability to be close relationally with one another.

Social media has encouraged social distancing for quite a while. If everyone manages an image, how we want to be seen, who really gets to know us? Who do we allow in to ask us the hard questions?

If this global outbreak has proven anything it’s that we have not been created for isolation.

What’s fascinating is the number of families that are now forced to be together because there is nowhere else for them to go. Schools and many offices are closed. Familial connectedness is a reality.

So step close or stay away? Invite in or hold back?

God made us for relationships. To be encouraged by others as we seek to uplift those we care about.

How will you rethink connecting with others now?

After all, everybody needs somebody. Always.


4 responses to “Keep Your Distance”

  1. Great post Dayle, and so true. Everybody needs somebody. We are not made for a solitary life. I read a post recently about this that really made me think. I had already been questioning the many side effects that could come from this shutdown. But it made me wonder if the authorities have thought it all the way through. You can check that article out here, if you’d like: Take care dear friend, and accept this virutal hug from me. 🤗


    1. I read that article–what an eye-opener! I, too, question whether authorities have thought this through. What impacted me was that the need to save all life may be what is the death knell for our society. If so many millions died during the Spanish flu in 1918-1919, is this just a ruse of the enemy to keep us from connecting with one another and being present with our hardships together rather than alone? This is a really good article–and a lot of food for thought. Thanks, my friend–and virtual hugs back!


      1. I thought you would enjoy it. I know Hubby and I are still musing over it. I’m fearful that the final cost of this will involve more than loss of lives and money. I think it will go even deeper. But we find we can’t say that to most people. They look at us as if we’re crazy!


      2. You’re so right. I think we need to be praying for the Lord to work in miraculous ways to end this thing–why not on Easter? Wouldn’t it be amazing if He wiped it all out on Resurrection Day? Just a thought,


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