When Disruption Equals Progress

Can’t take credit for it. It’s one of the many memes I’ve seen lately on the toll that Covid-19 is taking.

Schools closing. Events canceled. Social distancing.

Complete disruption and disorder of our day-to-day.

But is disruption a terrible thing? Disruption is defined as a disturbance or problems which interrupt an event, activity, or process.

Disruption doesn’t necessarily interrupt progress. It interrupts the process.

And sometimes processes need to be interrupted and redefined.

For the past several years, this country has been divided. I don’t think there would be disagreement on this. But what I’ve noticed over the past few days is people willing to help others.

Authors who have given permission for their books to be read aloud online so children will have access to them and some semblance of normalcy.

For-profit companies providing resources for free so learning can continue. Yes at home and in a different format but continue just the same.

Restaurants, schools, and community organizations coming together and providing free meals for our most at-risk citizens just because it’s the right thing to do.

Neighbors offering to run errands for the elderly and provide child care to ease the very real fears of members of their communities.

Reaching out and connecting, even if it’s via phone or text just to check on one another.

People in grocery stores paying for the groceries of others so they can get what they need to weather this storm.

If the disruption is that we are now living in the moment and dealing with what is right in front of us, then I’m all for it.

If the disruption causes us to focus on what is important and not the boogeyman hiding under the bed, bring it on.

If the disruption takes us out of our own heads and makes us cognizant of helping and connecting with those around us then disrupt away.

It’s not the same, but the last time I remember feeling this way was after 9/11. We all came together. We collectively grieved. We assessed the situation and we did what we needed to do to move ourselves and our communities forward.

Somewhere along the line, we lost that connection.

My hope is that with all of this disruption and disorder, we discover what makes us US. Our humanity. Honoring the dignity of others. Our compassion. Our strength. Our generosity. And let’s stay there for a while.