Article by Maritza M. Mejia @2020
|Created by Estella M. Mejia|
COVID’19 appeared for a reason, I am not sure of the reality behind it; however, it has been a year to evaluate and reassess our priorities. I have lived more conscious than ever in nourishing my spirit, mind and body. Let’s not wait for the next crisis or virus to make the change for us. We are virtually into this together.
When quarantine began, I was taking an online class for a Graduate Certificate I was working on. I took refuge in my spirituality class and the hours of intense study made my day more manageable. While temples were closed, creativity flourished to celebrate online services around the world. This manifestation of love had shown me that the church is not a buildings, but a community of faith. My first lesson: when adversity comes, creativity flourishes.
The present time is taking on precious value. My Mom used to say to me, “Mijita, NO dejes para mañana lo que puedes hacer hoy.” It means, don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today. Now, I understand the value of those words. This biblical quote makes more sense now: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” (Matthew 6:34). I am learning to live the present moment more consciously without worrying about the future, that I do not know if it came, or the past that I cannot change. My second lesson: Live in a mindfulness way.
We live in a small hometown and I know it has been hard to get used to wearing a face mask that covers your mouth and nose and fog your glasses. However, it is vital to follow safety procedures and social distancing. It has been recognized that eating healthy, doing exercise or yoga, walking around the house are useful ways to take care of the body. This demonstrates that not only healthy habits are the key to survive a pandemic crisis, but also for a better life. It is a matter of time, collaboration, patience and implementation of protocols to conform to this reality. My third lesson: New norms are here to stay.
Zooming with friends, family, collages and readers has been an interesting experience. At first it was strange to chat across the screen, some people were casual, some in their pajamas, without makeup or hairstyles. I decided to set an example by dressing professionally as going to a meeting in person following netiteque. The same way, I prepared a zoom conference to launch online the second Tri-Anthology 2020 that was planned to be presented in the spring in Japan. It was exciting to connect with authors from all over the world for three sessions in three different languages. Finally, I am pleased to have ventured to use Zoom virtual meetings platform. My fourth lesson: Do not de afraid of changes.
Quarantine and social distance have been an impact on each and every human being on earth; we have experienced it in different ways. But we all have one thing in common: we miss a hug and now we recognize its value. The fith and my last lesson: A hug is a blessing.
COVID’19 came for a reason, let’s be prepare for the next crisis or virus. We are virtually into this together. We are not alone!
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1
Maritza M. Mejia writes to inspire others to be their best selves.
Member: ANLMI, FWA, SFWA, Delegada ANLMI
Awards: Crystal Apple 2006, VCB Poetry 2015, Latino Book Awards 2016, Author’s Talk Book Show 2017- American Eagle2020 -Social Media: @luzdelmes