As different cities start the slow process of reopening their businesses, one of the most logistical challenges is how to keep on the practice of physical distancing effectively. It will require some serious effort to have that down to a science. Even just walking on the street, sometimes we can feel people’s awkwardness as they try to avoid being too close to one another. I know a young couple who is about to get married who has to consider various aspects of this new reality. The challenge of having to organize a wedding can be stressful just by itself. How the bride’s father can walk her down the aisle? Can the officiant say to the groom after the vow exchange: “You can now kiss the bride from 6 feet away’? “Fat chance” is my very thought.
Maybe we should design a specific “Human Inflatable Bumping Ball” for this problem. It is the kind of ball we see during a half time show at a football game. We can be sure that 6 feet separation will be observed.
Have you ever been inside one?
We will bump into other people but at a distance and there is no chance to avoid that. Maybe we won’t get into a fight that often. Maybe we will become more aware of the needed space for us to move around. The problem is we can be so disoriented. Well, the same thing can be said about physical distancing. It has created both physical and emotional disorientation.
We have no control over your speed when hitting a slope. That might not be a new experience for some of us when we hit a downward spiral path in life. It will be moving fast and our life will certainly turns upside down. Once again it is similarly for having total control over our environment is what we have experienced. We will just have to wait and see.
When we think about our movement being inside one of these balls, we might soon discover that it is not possible to do that everywhere. For example, flying is out of the question. Yet, the idea of sitting on a plane just a few inches away from another person is not that exciting for the moment. Maybe we should think about creating a mini size ball just for our head.
Joking aside, we all need to learn about how to be responsible for others’ well being and ours. There is a lot to discover and learn. We, in general, do not like discomfort. We don’t like to be told what we can do and cannot do. Well, it is kind of late for that now. It starts with ten commandments. God gave us that to keep us close to him and his desire for our life. However, we sometimes still have the urge to fight it and or to grant ourselves exceptions. The greatest commandment of all is the one Jesus gave:
” “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,” before also paraphrasing a second passage; “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.“
So let us go about our new daily life with that in mind.