It will be a very gradual change from Stay At Home to Safer at Home, but I am glad to see that real progress has been made in Colorado and elsewhere, and the rate of newly diagnosed cases in Boulder county is increasing at only 2%. Also, hospital admissions are declining.
Afraid to Hope
We of course are not out of the woods yet and we will all need to be vigilant to prevent a reversal of the trend. However, there is a lot of FEAR about the easing of these restrictions. We are still in an unprecedented period of uncertainty. And that is very difficult to cope with emotionally.
When subjected to alarming and unsettling news day after day, week after week, month after month we naturally become much less optimistic about the future. We become afraid to hope.
The Evil Eye
But it goes beyond that too. Many cultures have some version of The Evil Eye--the belief that if you get too confident about your future or boast too much about all that you have the Evil Eye will take it all away.
Why? I don't know. But it makes sense because we tend to want to protect ourselves emotionally from more disappointment, failure and loss and we think we can do that by not being too optimistic.
Missing Out on Joy
But I think that if you do that too much you miss out on the moments of pure joy in life. And the truth is, being pessimistic does NOT protect you from the grief that ensues from being disappointed yet again. You feel that grief anyway.
What you do miss out on is celebrating the present moment.
So let's celebrate!!!