This started out as a meme, but I thought it had been a while since I did a comic. So I changed it up.
by: Capella Nion (Oracle to an ever-changing future. All prophesies have room for correction, unless otherwise stated.)
As the quarantine continues, an unspoken gap between two types of people is growing: The “essential” and the “unessential” worker.
“Essential” workers are doing well. Work and/or pay is largely uninterrupted (and might even be up!) and they have what they need. Some circumstances may not be ideal, but they’re not worried about paying bills next month.
On the other side of that spectrum (with many different degrees of “necessary work” in between), there are those who have received unspoken notice that they are “unessential” to the global economy.
Many of the workers who have just received this messaging are small business owners who — without notice — just traded 3 months of revenue for a $1,200 check and all their usual bills because they were too small to qualify for any kind of bailout.
And, unless they were flush going into this, these individuals are not okay.
Many are in trouble with little hope on their horizon, even if their friends and neighbors don’t know it yet.
It’s a conversation that’s coming in some homes, while others will get to skip those talks.
It was while pondering this looming future that I happened upon a wise New Age shop owner who–lack of public assistance aside–is turning every quarantine obstacle to her benefit.
Things are as much against her as they are for any brick-and-mortar small business right now, yet things are looking bright for her — perhaps, brighter than if there had been no quarantine at all!
So I asked her, “How are you doing it? How are you thriving where so many are struggling?”
“I just listen to Mother Earth,” she replied. “When this all started, and I asked her what this chaos was about, she said, ‘Give me your fear. All of it.’ So I did. Until all I had left was my new plans for the future. So I’m doing them. And it’s going to be great!”
Wise words, if you ask me.
And so I share them with you.
For what better path is there out of a mire than to cast fear aside and follow bright thoughts someplace higher?