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Look for the Good It is Covid Time

Updated on July 28, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Take Time

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Bright Numbers

Just back off a bit and turn on your news to see the bad news and statistics. You do not need Eric to tell you about it. Covid time stinks for so many. Covid time kills people. Covid time probably contributes to rioting. Covid time is killing our economy. Covid time has taken loved ones early. Yes I have mourned and wept because of Covid time.

Is that enough of a downer for you. I live here too you know. I know all the crap hitting the fan. It personally effects my family in a negative way. We are done with that for this article. Go post your negativity on FB.

For now let us just do the same with the riots. Go be angrier than anyone else on either side someplace else. I feel your hate and anger. And I put it in a tiny little box and burned it in protest.

Don’t you dare suggest that because I write this I do not care. But I am big enough to put that aside for a moment. I am not a pig. I do not need to wallow in crap. I see it, I feel it, I know it, do what I can and move the heck on.

Just for a Second

Take a moment and just think of a small family where mom and dad worked. They both lost their jobs due to Covid time. The child was sent home for good from school. Can you even begin to imagine what it would have been like to spend 6+ months with your parents as a small child? It might be hard but realize that over 90% of people are good. About 5% go astray and 5% are no goods. Adjust that a little if you must. You do the math out of 350 million Americans, 2.2 million incarcerated. Let us check. At the high number we are talking about ¾ of a percent. Triple that for “not caught” or minor stuff.

My 5% number is probably high. That other 5% is for bad mistakes in judgment. Maybe we could change the number to 80% good by ruling out jackasses. That would mean that a good 90% of kids at home during Covid time are in good hands.

A huge population being at home raised by good parents. This will positively affect our nation for decades to come.

Let us just say 500K rioters – the numbers are overwhelmingly “not many” folks – what would that be? Below .2%. Most people are safe at home to raise a child or 6 of them.

Yahoo, a New Day

The Buffalo Does Not Care

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Looking Up

We just dealt with numbers. Numbers are cool. And make no mistake you can use them to be false about something. But I use them here to establish a norm. And America’s norm are healthy hardworking ethical people. The vast majority of children are very well taken care of and loved. Again save your exceptions for elsewhere.

The is an error people make in logic. Take the case of the crocodile killing a child or a lightning strike killing a healthy person. So rare that it is in the area of .00001 percent. Yet some folks take that as a logical reason not to hike mountains or swim or walk lagoon beaches. It simply is illogical to take a tiny tiny risk and apply it to thwart normal behavior.

Stay Real

Be sure Covid is not tiny as a risk so measures are logically taken. I would bet that over half the people taking serious precautions to avoid Covid do it mainly for the sake of strangers and loved ones as much as themselves. That caring on a routine basis is good for the soul. So is the mask and distancing in reality bringing us closer to strangers?

I really do not care for the “We’re in this together”. It is contrite. But I think most people like it and it is a reminder that human kind is just so intertwined. I would suggest the greatest contributor to a full human connectivity is love. And “we’re in this together”, is a good slogan if taken holistically.

Less burning of fossil fuels. That just cannot be a bad thing, although the reason for it is bad. Yes the pollutant from car exhaust has been reduced. But sorry to say that is only one of several pollutant particulates in the air and the others have not dropped significantly. Hey we take what we can get.

Now children in grade school just plain bring home germs. I would bet that in Covid time there are in general, less colds and flus going around. Prove me wrong on that.

For sure less drunk driving and in general less car wrecks. Less distracted cell driving. I don’t think less non-recyclable garbage. Our mandate or reusable grocery bags got trashed, so to speak.

Long Before the White Man

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Beauty in Goodbye

Just a Moment of Relief

Now here you may argue. Church (please incorporate you place of congregational gathering) It sounds so bad but at least for Christians is it? I think too many went once a week and it is like they were filled up so let us forget about it until next meeting. I also think that many a preacher was holding his audience captive and going about 15 minutes longer than they should. I think that communion had become less meaningful and more ritual.

I write a “sermon” of sorts online. Within two months the “congregation” tripled in size. Instead of hundreds It became thousands. Now it did not get better – well maybe. I changed it a bit because of the added responsibility to do it right. These folks do not come on Sunday and get it done. They sit down and look for a sermon on line and actually read and likely argue with it, at least to themselves. Community is so important. But perhaps this hiatus will bring back some sincerity there. And if you continue to donate during this time you are a hero – as the churches are the, by far, most dynamic of food distributions for those in such need.

Wait a second partners. Food and other donations/contributions are way up. And it ain’t just the need, it is the love baby, the love.

Parties. You heard me. We have had parties with just the 3 of us. Dressed up, cards and food special for the non-occasion. Shoot we don’t go to anything but kid’s parties all year long.

Oh yes my friends the stress of money. Horrible for so many. A constant weight on those that “bring home the bacon” day in and day out – heroes, I say. But I give to you an upside that will come to pass. This heavy load will be lifted. And the monthly need will feel far less upon return than it did prior.

Food. We are a fat nation. And we have just gotten fatter. Our cause is my wife’s fantastic and getting better every day cooking. Well I do reckon that is getting me to exercise more so that I can eat more. I admit that is convoluted but the exercise is not getting out in fresh air and more nature walks because no yoga or gym stuff. Lord help me if it is making me more disciplined. I like my lack of discipline.

I hope that some of these kicked your mind in to think of other good things. Maybe tonight while pleading for an end we can also start giving thanks. Maybe just maybe this article got you to see some good you will enjoy and pass forward.

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    • lifegate profile image

      William Kovacic 

      12 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "I feel your hate and anger. And I put it in a tiny little box and burned it in protest." I love that line, Eric. I like your numbers, too. I know lives are touched by COVID, but the number is less than 2% of 7.5 billion people. that means that 98% remain healthy. It's up there with your crocodile killing a child. Have a great week, Buddy!

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish another thing this has got me realizing is about the future. Who knows? I try to keep my feet on solid ground so I can jump in any direction.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Getting to have my husband work at home while my daughter telecommuted to college during to pandemic and we looked after my sister’s son — these were all positive. I can’t see school starting up and lasting for the kids for more than a few weeks at most before ithey are back at home this Fall.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann, the sadness is brutal. I have a suicide of a Viet vet in custody and 3 bullets slammed into a hispanic male on the ground. DEA to private contractors.

      Preacher man to lawyer to advocate for the dead. Thanks for you getting me back to work.

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      I didn't realise that's what you do. That comes with much responsibility, doesn't it? Interesting, though, I would think. It must give you many facets on the human character and no doubt you have to choose your words carefully. It would be interesting to read a hub from you on the general overview of that. You have my respect (well, you had it already, but now it's added extra!).

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann, it is what I do. Horrible injury or death. The solicitors call me in to write up a portion conveying the terrible tragedy. I dig deep into the hearts and souls of the circumstance.Then I write them up.

      I like to think I speak for the dead. Though perhaps I can say I write for the living.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Devika, I loved your latest on "The Past" you are a good teacher.

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      I'm sorry you had such a terrible thing to deal with. I never expect an early reply from anyone, your acknowledgement is always appreciated.

      I like your son, he is so perceptive - probably because his Mum and Dad have taught him to be so.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann I missed this earlier as a terrible wrongful death I am working on grabbed all my attention.

      My son says "Karma is bad, Good Karma is good". I reckon he means I read your comment when it was good for me to receive it.

      Much thanks good friend.

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      Devika Primić 

      12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Eric in Croatia going well in COVID time. Be positive and take care.

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      A lot of good is coming out of this, as far as I'm concerned. I put things into perspective better. I know which friends and family care a lot about themselves and about me. I know how much so many people have come to see more of nature and realise they love it. Most of this will last. Some of the tangental thinking will fade away, but most won't.

      I'm an optimist but even I feel down when I dwell too much on the Covid aspect. So I pick myself up, or someone else picks me up (like you) and reminds me that life is good, that I am privileged in my life, that my family is well and we're all looking after each other. We're also realising that games and making do are much more fun than relying on other entertainment, going out, or others to do things for us. We are learning that we can do things for ourselves and, most of all, take responsibility!

      Thank you Eric for all this positivity - it's catching and we can pass it on.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      EK we just have to keep pointing out the positive and it will grow.

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      EK Jadoon 

      12 months ago from Abbottabad Pakistan

      Sir, your article is not only excellent, but it also has many lessons for us. It's a thought-provoking article. Keep up the good work.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rania we have to keeping looking up and not down. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, I love you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene it is very good to hear from you. You read like you are doing quite well. Blessings to you and family.

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      Rania Heikal 

      12 months ago from Egypt

      You really said it all. We experienced fear but we lived a time that possibly won’t come again. Time full of things and their opposites. Thank you for sharing positivity.

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      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Once again. Eric. you point us in the right direction. True, COVID is not good, but we'd rather endure it than the alternative. It helps significantly if we'd spend time looking for and counting our blessings. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lorna there is something about positive self talk. I choose to on a habitual basis. Mano o mano I would be in trouble if I walked around with negative self talk.

      I am very happy you have had time to get in touch with a little bit more of your spirit side.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Minnotonka isn't it interesting to step back and look for the good. We have more time for that now.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Vidya. I admit my group/Sangha Yoga is surely missed, I do not do it well alone. But my oncology meditation classes are real good. We just have to go with the flow.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      12 months ago from USA

      You summed it all up in this one article. Covid is and Covid is not... Covid did and Covid did not...

      I don't like Covid. But, Covid did create a situation where my family and friends are in deeper communication now than before Covid. For example, we now Zoom once a week (we never even called each other once a week before Covid). Now, we dance, we play, we have so much fun together via Zoom or Google Duo (or whatever it's called).

      But, Eric, like you point out, Covid is not a fun thing. It's just, my family and friends are fortunate to be able to do the best we can with this newfangled Covid lifestyle.

      I know... everyone is not so fortunate and so part of our Covid lifestyle is stepping in to help whenever and wherever we can. We simply cannot forget about those who are suffering severely through this crisis and it is not their fault in any way, shape, or form.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      12 months ago

      I think if we can find a positive, regardless of how small it might seem, then we create a little spark of hope. If we pass it on then it becomes a flame which keeps on burning.

      If Covid has taught us anything it has taught us to be grateful for what we have, be mindful of others and never take anything for granted. It has also brought be closer to my faith. I enjoyed reading this uplifting article Eric - a light at the end of the tunnel.

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      Minnetonka Twin 

      12 months ago

      I have definitely witnessed & experienced a lot of positive outcomes from this nasty pandemic. It's always good to get back to the basics and go within now that we have time on our hands & aren't running away from ourselves. Many silver linings to behold if we choose.

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      VIDYA D SAGAR 

      12 months ago

      Hi Eric, the pandemic seems to go on and on. The negativity surrounding it is driving some people up the wall, while some people are honing their artistic skills and making good use of the time at home. Online congregations have become popular due to the ease of participation. People are starting to share and care more now as they realize the interconnectedness of all beings. Yoga and meditation have surely helped me deal with the negativity and uncertainty. And practising gratitude does help a lot.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Vikram you make great points as always.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      12 months ago from Assam, India

      Hi Eric, your article highlights issues families are facing. Although I stay in a small town I can also feel the ill effects of COVID. There was a time when the whole of India was suffering but we never heard any cases in our small town but then suddenly we started hearing corona cases even in our small town where the population is only 50000/-.

      Despite bad news all around, I am trying to focus on my digital work and I feel little safe as due to digital technology I can still work on my projects. Thanks for sharing your article, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, it is so interesting. I have hung out in 2,000 people congregations. For sure a good 250 show up each week. Really fun to chat and volunteer and discuss the sermon. I have been to much more at under 50 attendees.

      My wife says that at congregation service, more check in online than attended.Now that is a good thing.

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      Linda Lum 

      12 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, we worship online and I've noticed that there are many more souls "watching" with me (the broadcast is on Facebook) than there ever were sitting in the pews on Sunday. How can that be a bad thing?

      The world as it was will never return; we're establishing a new normal. It seems to me that we have a choice--we can either allow this plague to make us angry and bitter and frightened or we can look for the good that has happened. As you point out, there IS good. There is hope. And there is love.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill there is a story around about the grasshopper and the ant. Rings true to your comment.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We be breezin' through the pandemic. How strange is that? Maybe not so strange. We don't let something like a virus keep us from living our loving lives. We prepared for something like this without knowing what it would be, so when it came, we rode the gravy train. Are we lucky or are we reaping the benefits of a loving life? I'll let you decide that one. I have a porch to paint.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I, like so many others, will be gld when the virus is gone. I listen to the church service onkine from my church every Sunday morning and I love it. It is better than ni church at all as I am a high risk person iike you. I always enjoy your articles and this one is no exception. God bless you, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I thank you "schoolie". You are busting out with the love. Far out!

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Liz, Thanks much. You are always positive to me.

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      12 months ago

      Hi Eric,

      I'm sorry for your loss.

      I also believe in focusing on the positive. Change can be good or bad, but we have to focus on the good.

      I am busy, I do what I can. I stay away from the news, the crap, the pig slop like you say.

      Even in Romans, Paul said he was happy in prison as he was when not; we can choose to be happy......

      It's a superpower!!!!

      Congrats on being positive.

      And ...goodbye not only to loves ones who we will always LOVE,

      but goodbye to negativity, to trauma, to anxiety, to depression, to toxic relationships, and to everything dark

      Welcome to the beauty of light and I LOVE this song sung by the talented Andre Bochelli and Sara Brightman.

      LOVE!!!!!!!

      Bless you

      Love,

      Rosey

      :)

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      Interesting reflections as ever. You encourage us all to think a little more outside the box and beyond the TV screen.

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