"Humanity, like armies in the field, advances at the speed of the slowest."
--Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
I always loved the book, Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The theme of love in a time of passion (Cholera) resonates for me at this time of COVID.
How do you keep love alive in a tumultuous time, in a time where passions are high, with all the unrest going on? How do you keep love for oneself going with fear, hate, sickness, death and conflict bombarding us on a daily basis?
Does it start with love for family, love for your spouse, or love for mankind?
For me it starts with love for oneself. Its by taking care of myself in every way by exercising, getting rest, eating right and staying away from the negative. It’s in taking precautions in the face of a tricky virus and balancing it with mental health. It is only when we feel secure in ourselves than we can move on to others.
We can look at this time of COVID as a time that we can embrace our loved ones even more, appreciate our spouse or love partner even more because COVID reminds us one more time that nothing in this life is permanent.
Living life in the midst of a pandemic and a fear filled society is not easy. If we remember to take it easy, love will still prevail, even in the time of COVID. When love prevails
, humanity prevails.