ENTERING THE LEARNING ZONE

An infographic came through my social feed yesterday that I found enormously helpful. I wish I knew who made it. The OP didn't know where it came from, hence I don't either.


The graphic shows the stages of emotional acceptance of the Coronavirus tragedy, starting in the FEAR ZONE, moving through the LEARNING ZONE, and landing eventually (hopefully) in the GROWTH ZONE.


To be honest, I haven't spent all that much time directly in the FEAR ZONE, but I have been flitting in the interstitial area between FEAR and LEARNING, giving into the fear, anger, and grief while I simultaneously plant a garden, work in the yard, go for walks, and minimize my news intake to only the bare minimum.


It's only been a few weeks, so maybe I'm being too hard on myself, but seeing this all laid out so cleanly and concisely made it easier to see where I am, and where I can go.


I suppose we'll all be better off if we head to the GROWTH ZONE as quickly as possible. As my wife and adopt new protocols for bringing things into the house, grocery shopping, managing the daily chores, and keeping track of our food and supplies, I realize that we're steadily making some of these things semi-permanent. These are just the things we do now, and the sting of it is starting to wear off, starting to fade.


We're changing, and I imagine so are a lot of you. How far the change goes, and how much remains permanently remains to be seen.


I hope I'm here to see it.