Adjusting to social distance is already hard. I am a people person and already miss wandering every day to find stories of strangers, photographs of downtown Mobile or at the pier in Fairhope, and the magic around every corner. But it is time to flatten the curve and keep others safe. The more we cooperate today, the faster we can get musicians, artists, small businesses, restaurants, and the world we love back to normal.
Because we (I) still need human connection and inspiration, I am trying to do Souls by phone and FaceTime. Maybe the good part of this is getting to interview people I would never have met the usual ways. Send me your friends, families, or someone who has inspired you, include their phone number and part of their story. If there is an employee, volunteer, neighbor, or stranger who has shown kindness or done a little more during these extraordinary times, send them to me. If there is someone who is homebound or a shut-in who goes through social distancing every day, but has a story to tell, send them to me. If you have a story you want to share, send yourself to me. How are we adjusting? How are we finding new ways to care for each other. What scares us right now? I will try to tell as many stories as I can on Our Southern Souls.
We will probably get bored, lonely, and miss each other. Maybe this becomes our “It’s a Wonderful Life Moment” when we slow down and realize what we have to be thankful for. Clarence the Angel says, “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
This is thentime to keep our neighbors safe and use creative ways to support each other from a distance. It is also our time to feel the hole and emptiness for a little while so that we appreciate the community around us when we are touching one another’s lives again. Social distancing isn’t forever, but we can come out of this a little better.
Our Soul-cial Souls begins. Send the stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and take care of yourselves.