Phases, Frustrations, and Prayers

Third to fourth week in quarantine and at this stage, gone are the blissful moments of enjoyment over Netflix movies and series. Done are the people with trying out different recipes and hobbies that could entertain them.

This is the phase in quarantine where everything is starting to sink in for most people. The thought of extended staying at home for some people is not fun anymore.

Others who are under a “No work, no pay” policy are just relying on the next supply coming from their governments until God knows when.

The middle class who are far from receiving any relief goods are using all the saved up cash they have to provide food for the coming days.

The upper class, though they have enough provisions, can’t sleep thinking about their businesses going down the drain.

All of us are facing different situations right now full of uncertainties of what will happen next. We can’t even plan for the days to come because we are not sure of how things will go tomorrow. Is this what we call living in the present? Maybe it is.

All we can think of right now is NOW. How we can deal with our present situation, how we should react to people who are suffering, and how we can respond to people in need.

I have never imagined I’ll be witnessing this in my generation. I watched the movie The Wandering Earth just days before the COVID-19 pandemic started and now, the narrations about earth being void of people are becoming alive in my head every time I look out of my window and  find empty streets. No people, no moving cars. No living thing moving around.

Now, it’s 11:00 PM and I am not yet tired. Why would I be? This new routine makes me more alive in the evening. Let me glance at the window at my right to see how it is like outside. Well, there are yellow, blue, and red lights from a nearby supermarket. Street lights are still up and then there’s a bird there flying its way to its next resting place as if telling me “Hey, I am alive and I’m here!”

Yeah right.

Envious?

Well, that bird is out! And we are all locked in.

Not that I don’t like it inside the house. In fact, I love it here. Well, for a home buddy like me to want to go out means that it really has been too much lately to stay in.

We need sunlight, we need fresh air. We need to go out soon.

This pandemic needs to end soon or else it’s everyone’s sanity that is at stake. I’m not kidding. The moment I heard about people being quarantined, I felt bad for them. I know what it feels to stay and work in the house for years now and this phase where most people are in…is just the second phase. First phase is enjoyment of staying home and being able to do everything- even work at home. Second phase is the agitation and desire to go back to the old routine. You start questioning everything and the system of why you have to stay in the house. You fall into almost depression, well, more like frustration knowing you can’t do anything about the situation. There are more phases to come, but this by far is one of the toughest ones.

Overcome this and the rest of the stages will be easier.

How do we overcome this stage of frustration?

1. Live in the present while staying positive about the future.

If we are in a position where we think our act can change the situation, then do so.  Maybe we are an official, or a leader of an organization, or any position where action is needed. You know what I mean, be sensible and act.

For others who are required to stay at home, please stay. We don’t want to be additional burdens to our healthcare force who is depleting everyday. Given that we we can’t do anything in our power to change some of the situations we are in,  we focus on the ones where we can reach out and help. We can move freely in the situations that are under our control. Look at the people we are with, how can we make their quarantine stay in the house better or memorable? Are there people in need whom we can help? If we have financial resources, then go ahead and help. We can start looking at the ones within our circles, the one within our reach. How can we help them?

2.  Be gracious to ourselves

Stop feeling useless. We see doctors, nurses, all the other frontliners, then we look at our newsfeed full of people helping out and here we are at home. Go back to number 1. Whenever we feel we are useless, go back to number one. We empower ourselves now and the people within our reach that we can empower because once this is all over, we will be the new frontliners who will put the economy and all the other fields back to balance. By time, we should have strengthened ourselves enough to be of help in putting balance around us.

3.Strengthen Ourselves

As I’ve said, we need to empower ourselves and the people around us. This keeps our hopes up that we have that “after this…” statement as we keep that drive to live. Use whatever means or platform we have as a way for us to cope up in this situation. For me, writing helps me cope up with all the overwhelming emotions happening lately. I keep writing as a way to come out of this situation better and sharper. I’m helping myself live through productively as I strengthen my skills because I still believe that there is life after this and so I must keep moving. It may be hard to plan something for the future now, but it is still free to dream.

To be honest, there are times since the pandemic started that I don’t even know what to pray for or how to pray for the situation anymore. When that happens, I am reminded  of this beautiful song, Pray by Mary Alessi which I first heard and watched after the school shoot outs in America many years ago.  I hope this song will help us get us through when praying is tough and when w feel lost in prayer, or maybe we don’t even feel like praying anymore. We are reminded that it is not just for our sake that we pray…

 For the sake of our children we pray
For the sake of our children we pray
We pray cover and keep them
With Your mighty hand
Hear our cry today
For the sake of our children we pray

For the sake of our brothers we pray
For the sake of our brothers we pray
We pray cover and keep them
With Your mighty hand
Hear our cry today
For the sake of our brothers we pray

If My people who are called by My name
Humble themselves and seek My face
And turn from their ways
Then I will hear from heaven
I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins
And I heal their land

For the sake of the nations we pray
For the sake of the nations we pray
We pray cover and keep them
With Your sovereign hand
Hear our cry today
For the sake of the nations we pray

For the sake of the nations we pray
For the sake of our brothers we pray
For the sake of our children we pray

We Pray lyrics by Mary Alessi

 

8 thoughts on “Phases, Frustrations, and Prayers

  1. I love how you break it down into phases. I definitely feel like we are in our second phase with being frustrated with it all. I also love your advice for getting through it though. 😊

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