Blog: June 24, 2020 “A Hundred Day Reflection”

June 24, 2020 “A Hundred Day Reflection”

By Catherine Florio Pipas, Chief Wellness Officer, CaseNetwork(for other blogs by Dr. Pipas, please visit her website at https://www.catherinefloriopipas.com/blog)

Today marks the hundredth day of my family’s lockdown – but who’s counting?

In just 100 hundred days our nation has changed dramatically 
In just 100 hundred days over 2 million individuals have been infected with one virus 
In just 100 hundred days over 130,000 have died in the US alone
In just 100 hundred days household terms now include: “pandemic”, “COVID”, “sheltering at home”, “lockdown”, “social distancing” and “BYOM” (Bring Your Own Mask) 

Prior to Saint Patty’s Day, March 17th, 2020, I couldn’t have imagined…

  • Schools, libraries, gyms, restaurants all “closed till further notice” 
  • Grocery stores with “one-way” aisles and no TP or pasta 
  • Fines for not wearing a mask in public
  • On-line doctors, groceries, teachers and even babysitters?
  • Dinner at home every night with my family 
  • A slower paced world with time for self-care
  • An opportunity to help others by avoiding them
  • A cleaner environment and lower carbon emission

As I reflect on what’s absent, what’s gained and what lies ahead, I miss…

Teaching a classroom full of learners, 
but love being a learner myself on zoom and other online platforms

Travel, conferences and time with colleagues
but love my home, daily walks in the woods, and connection to close friends 

A strong WIFI connection, 
but love quiet time to read, write and play card games

My favorite local Italian restaurant, 
but love growing a garden, cooking at home and meals with family

The exciting “do it all” culture  
but love the slowing of time and replenishing of my soul

Our face to face community spirit
but love the free services and show of encouragement for each other on line

Driving to and supporting local business 
but love the clear skies and decluttering of my life

The fast-paced past; filled with personal freedoms and unlimited opportunities
but hopeful for a peaceful future; prioritizing personal health and community wellbeing

Catherine Florio Pipas June 24th, 2020

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