Artist and Facilitator

Social Distancing is really a Shared Strategy

Social Distancing is really a Shared Strategy

Social Distancing is really a Shared Strategy

The latest article/comic from Sprawl Calgary really brought my attention to the term shared strategy. All of us are separating physically from each other as a way to better our health care system, support its workers and ultimately flatten the curve of COVID-19’s exponential growth. 

Let us use this time as a way to help each other rather than separate from each other. Yes, we are physically distancing but we don’t have to be emotionally distant.

As troubling as it may seem out there in the world, I am aware that this event will change our society and in the way we interact with technology and humanity. Let this opportunity of connection be our greatest power. Instead of feeling alone, can we start seeing others as extensions of ourselves rather than the ‘other’? 

I know this has been difficult. I know that staying inside homes for people can be challenging. I am aware of the individuals who may not have a home they want to stay in, who already experience isolation due to their chronic illnesses and  those who were struggling while we were all doing the ablelist, privileged things we were able to do. I am also aware of the many issues that still are issues like Wet’suwet’en, and the teacher strikes. These are still real things that people are dealing with. Please don’t forget that we are all in this together – not just the COVID-19 stuff, I mean this life. 

There was a lot of conversation weeks ago about not using technology because we thought it was something that was moving us away from each other. Now we are using it to do the opposite. As it has always been, HOW we use it will dictate how you will reframe our perspectives. If you are constantly seeing the news or following profiles that are not benefiting your mental health, maybe it is time to change it. Don’t blame the technology, take responsibility for being the user. 

There is an ask from the city and the greater country to be a helpful neighbour. If buying groceries for someone is not something you can do, perhaps smiling, sending a lovely message or sharing jokes, can be your contribution. Those little human interactions can change someone’s experience of the day and during this ‘lock down’ event.

Thanks for reading. Now go message and video call a few pals to check-in. Stay connected.

Amanda



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