In the Time of COVID-19

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” Thomas Merton

Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one’s journey is easy. It’s how they handle it that makes people unique.” Kevin Conroy

Introduction: The recent outbreak of COVID-19 in China, which is now a worldwide pandemic, has changed our existence, our lives and the way we live. Welcome to the new earth in 2020, it’s different than it was is 2019, really different. As we began the mandated quarantine in March, I finished teaching my undergraduate class on-line using Zoom, and I haven’t seen any of the class in-person since the first week of March (right before they began Spring break).

Although I have not been publishing much on my blog, I have been writing a lot, considerable more than usual. I started writing down words on a daily basis, quotes in early March, and have not stopped. What I present here are my COVID-19 quotes from March and April, 2020.

What? You wrote quotes about COVID-19? Yes, I did it to alleviate my fear of the situation. I did it to find reason with the world-around-us today. I did it because others wrote me back and said my comments were very reassuring, that one day we’d return to something more normal. Therefore, I present several quotes on COVID-19. Followed by the same quotes with some type of photo in the background, which is how they were originally presented. Enjoy!

“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu

COVID-19 Pandemic

”With stress and anxiety from the dark veil of COVID-19, live with hope and your expectations centered between optimism and pessimism.” Frank C. Church

”Amid social distancing and telemedicine from COVID-19, definitely focus on work-virus-updates but still fill your heart with love and concern for those closest to you.”  Frank C. Church

“We will get through the COVID-19 pandemic by staying apart, yet ultimately, by working together. Be caring, be careful. Stay healthy and be safe.” Frank C. Church

”Although it may take time to live through COVID-19, life will eventually return to regular and routine.”  Frank C. Church

“COVID-19 has changed the landscape of the world and altered our perception of life. However, with persistence, intelligence, and unity of our hearts, we will reverse the pandemic.” Frank C. Church

“COVID-19 does not discriminate.  You must be careful, stay healthy, and, most definitely, be safe.  Keep gaining wisdom from this experience; remember the advice from Atul Gawande, ‘Courage is the strength in the face of knowledge of what is to be feared or hoped. Wisdom is prudent strength.’” Frank C. Church

“Trying to be vigilant against an invisible host like a coronavirus could take a fleet of soldiers ready to enforce the laws, or better yet, a united sense of good effort by everyone for everybody.”  Frank C. Church

“Enabling yourself to work hard, to stay healthy, follow the recommended guidelines if you do, or do not get sick. Help others, your family, friends, and neighbors. Be caring, but be careful.” Frank C. Church

“A straightforward strategy does not necessarily mean easily achievable results, yet fear and reality lead us into action. “ Frank C. Church

“We learned in school to obey the rules: Maybe the health officials got this one right.  We should abide by the rules, especially related to social distancing. It is only for a short time, and by staying away from infected people, you will not get infected.”  Frank C. Church

“You are making a big difference by doing the little things, like singing Happy Birthday (twice) while washing your hands: The safety precautions to prevent COVID-19 exposure are straightforward; yet, remaining compliant is not a trivial pursuit.” Frank C. Church

“COVID-19 Pandemic. Do your part, stay apart. However, keep your heart aimed with love and care for those closest to you. Be kind, be mindful. Stay healthy and be safe.” Frank C. Church

“Everyone. Everywhere. Do your part. Stay apart. Isolate. Don’t congregate. And you help keep the virus away mostly by staying away. Nothing is easy with this task except the reward. Keep doing your part and prevent the spread of COVID-19..” Frank C. Church

“COVID-19, ok, you won the first quarter of the game.  However, you are battling against humankind, and we’ve got heart, intelligence, resilience, determination, technology, and togetherness.  The game is far from over!” Frank C. Church

“We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, an enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line. There is science in what we do, yes, but also habit, intuition, and sometimes plain old guessing. The gap between what we know and what we aim for persists. And this gap complicates everything we do.” Atul Gawande

Cover photo credit: Image by enriquelopezgarre from Pixabay

3 Replies to “In the Time of COVID-19”

    1. Missie, thank you for your reply the other day. Many things have changed me over the last sixty-something Years. The impact of COVID-19 will be felt by all of us for many years to come. As dismal as the last few months, and write something more positive and supportive of our effort to deal with this pandemic. Stay well and be healthy, Frank

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