A lot has changed in the last week or so, and pretty much everyone’s life has been turned upside down in one way or another.
Some are scared of the current situation, and some are more nonchalant, but everyone is trying to maintain some semblance of order.
Through it all, I’ve seen what is probably the best and worst in people.
On the bad side, there have been people hoarding essential supplies, taking well more than they’ll use. Did you see the report about the brothers from Tennessee who snatched up 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer from stores across their region, then tried to sell it for a ridiculous profit? Fortunately, they got shamed into donating much of their stash.
The hoarding, unfortunately, has left others, especially some with medical conditions, unable to find the items they desperately need.
Fights have broken out in stores over toilet paper, of all things, and thousands of self-absorbed college students have flocked to Florida’s beaches despite the warnings.
It’s enough to make someone question their faith in humanity.
Still, despite the bit of bad stuff we hear and see, I’d prefer to focus on the positive.
Schools, sheriff’s departments and faith-based organizations around the region have set up food programs to feed those who can’t source their own meals.
Some stores have reserved shopping time for senior citizens.
I’ve also seen lots of folks offering personal help to those in need.
Such compassion is heartwarming, right when the world really needs it.
We will emerge from this. We haven’t yet seen a light at the end of this tunnel, but it’s coming.
Right now, we need to help each other however we can. Supporting our family, friends and neighbors and showing compassion in such a time of need is how we’ll get through this.