It was the best of times... it was the worst of times...
This famous line from the beginning of Charles' Dickens' classic A Tale of Two Cities pretty much sums up the past two years.
In those first months of Covid, the phrase "Together Apart" perfectly captured the unity of purpose that many people felt in 2020 as they learned new ways of staying connected despite the isolation. Everyone was zooming and putting hearts in windows and baking and sharing it online... Fast forward to 2021, and Covid fatigue plus an every moving yo-yo of loosening and then tightening restrictions had people taking sides.
In my view, the disunity that ensued (and still lingers) has very little to do with one's actual ideology about vaccines, masks, mandates, convoys, emergency measures - or ANYTHING else. It has been a very successful campaign on the part of the devil himself to divide and conquer.
To me, that is the real tragedy--and it makes me mad! (At the devil!) BUT - jokes on him! This pandemic did not take GOD by surprise. So, rather than take sides, I've tried to keep my focus on prayer and praise.
Here are some of the GOOD times:
- InScribe's Virtual Fall Conferences were both huge success stories. They brought together people who might not normally attend. The 2020 FC was especially impactful for the executive, I think, since we actually pulled it off -- and successfully, too! The 2021 FC was also excellent, although I think some people were also missing the personal contact by that time. Fall Conference is just one example of how we've learned to adapt the way we do business/school/etc.
- Like many others, I was quite productive. I got books written and published, I increased my marketing efforts, I learned some new skills (video editing as an example), and more. I also decided it was time to take action instead of just "wishing" when it came to some other things in my life. For example, I had always wished to speak other languages, especially German, since my father was a German speaker. Using both Rosetta Stone and Duolingo, I'm still at it. I am far from fluent, but the other day I actually understood something someone said while in a store. (I was eavesdropping.)
- My husband and I actually did well financially over the pandemic. I realize this was not the case for many people, but in our case it was. We just weren't spending. Another reason is, he worked a lot of overtime in 2020. (Good for the pocketbook. Not so good for relationships.)
- I had two new grandsons born in 2020! Hooray! One daughter who lived in Victoria actually moved back to Tumbler Ridge because her university courses were switched to online. She was able to finish her degree while staying home with her new baby and we got to see lots more of her and little Freddie than if they had been in Victoria.
Here are some of the not-so-good times:
- I've lost some of the joy I initially felt while pursuing my interests. Things aren't quite as much fun as I remember. When the pandemic first hit I started playing the piano every day. That petered away over the summer of 2021 and I just haven't bothered to pick it up again. I'm still productive - I'm too stubborn not to be - but I empathize with some of the other people in this series who talked about watching too much Netflix. I've let more mindless activity fill my days in 2021 than I did in 2020.
- Living Apart. In 2020 when the pandemic first hit, my husband was working away and lived in a camp. In order to keep production going, his employer asked if he would be willing to stay in their "bubble". He ended up being away for thirteen weeks! Then, after a week at home, he was away again for another five weeks. So, while it dramatically enhanced our finances, it was a long season of living apart. (Not what we signed up for when we got married!)
- Some of the tension over ideological differences has affected my own family. While I have been very intentional about not engaging and trying to stay neutral, I won't lie and say it hasn't been stressful. It breaks my heart to see people I love at odds with one another.
- I've gained weight. I'm not sure what else to add to this one other than to say, I am not happy about this outcome but have no one to blame but myself! (Related to the mindless TV watching, I suspect...)
Reflecting on the positives and negatives of the past two years has helped me put things in perspective. I can't help thinking about what others have gone through that is so much worse.
Tracy Krauss lives and works from her home in Tumbler Ridge, BC. Visit her website www.tracykrauss.com - fiction on the edge without crossing the line -
Thank you for this, Tracy. These Covid days will not be easily forgotten. The division in society, and by extension, the Church, is one of the saddest legacies of this time. We welcomed a new grandchild during Covid, too, and our daughter and her family moved TO Victoria to be closer to family!ReplyDelete
The division within families and churches is the worst outcome in my view. However, things re looking up, I hope. That's ironic that my daughter moved away with her new baby while yours move to Victoria!Delete
Dear Tracy, I admire your positive attitude and good-willed efforts to stay neutral regarding potentially divisive subjects.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on the births of your grandsons and the births of your new books. Hooray for you! :)
Blessings ~ Wendy Mac
Thanks Wendy. Staying neutral is almost harder than picking sides - LOL!Delete
What wisdom you've shared, Tracy, in staying neutral and trying to build bridges. Thanks too for encapsulating some of your "best of times" and "worst of times" in the last two years. Most of us, if not all, relate to your theme in our own ways.ReplyDelete
This is a common learning experience.Delete
Hi Tracy! The second time I read your post was through a bittersweet lens. Thank you for sharing your honest experiences in the context of the pandemic. The disunity and division has indeed been a sorrowful component. You balanced out your post with beautiful and human reasons for joy. Praise God for grandchildren and other "best of times." Blessings to you and your beloved family.ReplyDelete
Thanks Alan. All the best to you as well.Delete
One good thing is that people discovered they could work from home. I've been advocating for that for years.. The same applies to conferences and church services. My church is considering Bible study via Zoom.ReplyDelete
Yes, these are positives, for sure...Delete