By Lavern Nissley
In my 62 years I've seen only a handful of epic events that are in the category of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Where pretty much every news story is about the big topic. Kennedy's assassination in 1963 and 9/11 in 2001 both had that intense emotional feel about them. I vividly remember exactly where I was when first hearing the news.
COVID-19 has been longer in developing as a story; it wasn't sudden like the 1963 and 2001 events. However, it has captured worldwide attention and a sense of penetrating personal relevance.
Are there any helpful ways to ensure that our relationships aren't damaged, or better yet, grow stronger?
I've been listening with gratitude to many wise voices over the past week: health experts, government officials, clergy and friends. The most common theme in helpful advice is to stay informed while taking common sense precautions like washing hands often and maintaining social distance. Good nutrition, exercise and sleep all add to one's overall immunity against disease.
But what about the impact that stressful demands put upon marriage and family relationships? Are there any ways to mitigate apprehensions related to business and school closings, income loss and cabin fever? Here are 3 phrases that can represent hope in the midst of chaos and uncertainty:
Now these phrases certainly won't fight the spread of COVID-19 or remedy all of the financial downstream effects. But they will fight the spread of hopeless alienation and despair. And that's a pandemic we can live without.
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.