Physical distancing, not social distancing, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is the more correct term. My, how things have changed in such a short time! A month ago we did not know phrases like “social distancing” or “flatten the curve”, but now they are in our conversations, social media, advertisements, and in practically every news broadcast.
The more I think about the phrase “social distancing,” I think that it does not clearly communicate what we intend to say. It connotes isolation from others, but people are social beings. We are meant to be in fellowship with one another, to serve one another, to love one another. Therefore, I believe the term “physical distancing” better describes what our government leaders and healthcare officials want us to do. They want us to stay apart physically in an attempt to slow the rise in cases of this illness.
We have so many technological resources to help us stay connected when we physically cannot be present. Phones and webcams allow us to see people as we chat with them. Apps like Zoom and Marco Polo are a couple that I have been using to stay socially connected to others. We are so blessed to have a variety of tools that allow us to be close when physical distance is a must.
The truth is we don’t need all the technological advances to stay connected; although, it is fast and easy. Writing correspondence the old-fashioned way has sparked a creative impulse in my family to use beautiful handwriting and to draw pictures in addition to composing heartfelt letters. In fact, I have noticed a sweetness in the written word that is lacking in the spoken. My relationships have grown stronger through the use of the pen.
Let’s not forget the people who live under the same roof. This is a perfect time to connect in ways that our harried schedule does not allow. Converse, bake, create, play, dance are just a few ways to enjoy those from whom we don’t have to be physically distant. If we are not careful we can be socially distant from the people in our own homes.
One of the reasons you choose your home or the place you live is based on community. What is the neighborhood like? What are the schools like? Is this a place I want to raise my children? Regardless of whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, we all want social connection. The amount of connections might differ, but we want to feel like we belong. We long for a community of friends, a church family, a local restaurant where we know the employees.
So how are you doing during this time of uncertainty? Have you found yourself social distancing or physical distancing? If it is the former, start today by writing a letter, sending an email, making a phone call, or any other way you can stay connected to people. You can always start with me by leaving a comment.
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