I grew up in an era when young men and women commonly joined their friends in Scouting activities. Many of my friends were involved in Boy Scout Troop 89 in Pittsburg, CA ...just down the hill from our home and within walking distance for the majority of the troop.
So where am I going with this? For over 50 years I have modeled my life around 14 words...and during this pandemic that is gripping the Nation and yes, the World...economically and socially and emotionally...I find that these 14 words have helped me and continue to help me.
First, let me tell you that I know that not everyone is "on board" with the Scouting programs, but in the defense for at least a portion of the programming...the BSA motto is: "Be Prepared"...and who shouldn't be. All us should work on that goal, for COVID-19 will probably come back at us in the Fall after this current situation calms down. Science folks and medical folks talk about it as a "bounce." We need to be ready for it in the Fall, and we can be more prepared than this last time.
Look at your home and family situation and take stock of those things (physical or emotional) that made you anxious this past month or so and make some adjustments... take measures to be able to cope better come Fall and beyond. I can only imagine what millions of families with small children and school aged kids must be going through...who could have seen that coming...well now you know...and while we panic over the shortage of N95 quality masks at the moment...we should all "Be Prepared" in the Fall...and that's just one example...a few more cans of fruit would have brightened a few of our days around here...I'm thinking I would have liked a bit of banana pudding (it's a long story, but it brings back a raft of comforting memories) ...our Grandkids could always use more projects to keep them busy...and don't forget that infamous toilet paper. Prepare precedes "Be Prepared."
But on a daily basis...Scouts live by a set of Laws...and if I paraphrase the opening to the common recitation of the Laws..."A Scout is..." and change that to "ALL PEOPLE SHOULD BE" it would be a good standard for all of us, everyday sans pandemic, but more so during these times.
Yes I remembered all of them...no I didn't look them up. It's inside of me. I used to hold a lit match and recite the Laws to see how many time I could recite them before I couldn't hold the match any longer...I only got to 2 1/2 times through (or so).
I'll let you figure out how each of the 12 laws can be applied to your situation ...work on one a day...I'm working on "Kind" today.
...and while we are still in the midst of a crisis of unbelievable magnitude...it is not too early to think about preparedness for the Fall.