During a time like this, we may feel like we don’t deserve to have the luxury that we have. Perhaps we are in good health, our families and loved ones are safe, we have a roof over our heads and food on the table.
Yes, if this is the case, we should be grateful for this because there are those less fortunate who are suffering and lacking basic necessities right now. But this is the case in many parts of the world every single day, without being amidst a worldwide pandemic.
However, having these blessings doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to feel sad, anxious, worries, stressed, angry or whatever other negative emotion during this crisis.
“All things considered, things are fine” doesn’t mean things aren’t difficult and we aren’t experiencing emotions we haven’t before. We don’t need to deny these and feel guilty for having them.
We need to allow ourselves to go through this before we question ourselves about how and why. Instead of pretending “everything is fine”, maybe we need to reach out and talk to someone.
Is there someone you feel you could speak to today and tell them how you’re feeling?
Is there someone in your life you need to ask: “No, how are you” not just “how are things?”