It seems the ravages of Covid-19 have largely passed in much of our
country for now. Stay-at-home orders have been lifted, and we’ve begun to step
out into the sunshine. However, respected voices tell us that the virus will return
ferociously in the fall.

Do we live these summer months filled with fear? Will obsessing about its
savage return help us? If we fear it now, will the fear mean we can skip fear when
Covid returns? The answer is a resounding “No.” Present fear simply means double-
dipping in an unpleasant emotion because you’ll be afraid again in the future when
it returns. Enjoy this respite. Here is guidance on enjoying the in-between time
offered by some of my favorite writers:

 

“The past is gone. The future is not yet here. You can be present for this
moment.” Jack Kornfield

 

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the
primary focus of your life.” Eckhart Tolle

 

“If you dwell on the past or future, you will miss the moment.” Rumi

 

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Here’s my favorite: “You don’t need to postpone being happy.” Jack
Kornfield.