By Susan Solomon Yem
April 9, 2020
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Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
I take the dog for a walk every afternoon. I see a handful of people. We nod and smile as we pass each other – at a distance of six feet. The other day a woman stopped to pet my dog. She said, “I see you walking him every day and he’s so cute.” Well, yes, he’s an adorable 9 ½ pounds of doggie delight, but I was hesitant to stand and chat with her. I had this nagging feeling that this is something we’re not supposed to do while we’re social distancing. It made me realize that I don’t know how I should interact with people right now.
In times of crisis we tend to go towards each other, not away. After 9/11 everyone was a friend. Now, we’re supposed to avoid people as much as possible. So, when I do encounter someone I get confused. Should I acknowledge them? Ask how they’re doing? Start a conversation? Or barrel by with my head down and pretend they’re not there? I got my answer on my last visit to the supermarket: just be kind. The people working in essential jobs right now are being kind. I hope they understand that their positive attitude is our true encouragement.
Surely it is you who love the people;
all the holy ones are in your hand.
At your feet they all bow down,
and from you receive instruction.
— Deuteronomy 33:3