Separate, but Don’t Isolate

Separate, but Don’t Isolate

The pictures from around the world tell an eerie story, don’t they? The streets of even the busiest cities are quiet now and almost reverent. It is a difficult time for so many.


We have been asked to “socially distance” ourselves from each other at just the time we need each other the most. Most of us are at home. Some of us are working and doing what we can. Others have lost their jobs, at least for the moment.


It’s hard not to be afraid. So much is unknown.


We are not built for this kind of separation. Many studies have been done on it, and it’s been proven that prolonged isolation weakens us in every way. It’s why solitary confinement is among the worst things that can happen to a human being.


The greatest shock absorber for these kinds of times is community. Yes, it’s right to keep our distance and ride this out. But, during this time, don’t withdraw from the people who really care about you. 


Reach out often. Don’t just send a text or email. Call them. Hear their voice. Zoom or Skype or FaceTime and see their smiling face. It will do you good. It will remind you that you are not alone.


I miss my work team. They are amazing people who bring me a lot of joy every day. We meet on Zoom several times a week, and when we do, I leave those meetings with hope. I know it won’t be long before we’ll all be in the same room again, laughing, taking care of business, and enjoying the fellowship. I can’t wait!


Who’s on your team? Reach out to them today. You (and they) will be glad you did.


- Chris Meroff