“Fear or Love” by Dorothy Lee Donahue
Q: Dear Dorothy, this is Angie and you have helped me so much through the years. However, right now I find myself in a constant state of fear. I have been researching this pandemic and I found that during Woodstock that there was a major pandemic and I know that you were alive during that time period.
How did you cope with the panic and the fear and what advice can you give to help my generation cope with the panic and fear that this new pandemic is causing?
A: My dear friend, you are correct in knowing that I was alive during the time of Woodstock. However, Woodstock was way before the age of instant communication so I was unaware of any pandemic happening. I researched the issue after receiving your question and discovered that there was a bad flu outbreak before Woodstock and another one after it was concluded.
With our smart phones, the internet and social media, we get immediate information that I did not have access to back in 1969. Yes, we had TV and news programs, and yet, my days and nights were spent in struggling to be a good wife and mother and I was totally unaware of Woodstock and any pandemics. Back then, I am sure that there were reports available for people who did the research and yet today, we are bombarded with constant information about the pandemic.
What I have discovered through exhaustive research is that there is so little real information available. I get instant updates on my phone, my email and the news websites I subscribe to and it has all been very confusing. The statistics change by the minute. However, knowing that I am the power in my world, I choose to focus on my personal state of being and I am very healthy and so are my nearest and dearest friends and family members.
I learned a long time ago that FEAR is a choice and I feel that choosing it does not serve me. So instead of focusing on a pandemic and the constantly changing statistics, I choose to use my time to see how I can be of service to my clients and my friends. I also spend a good bit of time researching the good things that are happening in the world.
The internet has provided me with the ability to gather pertinent and valuable information regarding many issues. So what I am suggesting to you dear Angie, is that you focus on the things that will serve you and humanity and ask you to choose love and optimism instead of panic.
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