What has COVID-19 awakened in you?

How is everyone doing?

How are you coping with our shared worldwide experience?

How has your perception of yourself and the world evolved?

How has COVID-19 transformed you?

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I Am Waking Up

After socially distancing for several days, and working full-time from home as a psychology professor (now online), I had never felt more appreciative and grateful for all the simple joys in my life.

Walking on campus. Smiling in the hallways. Laughing with students. Chatting in the parking lot. Coffee at Starbucks. High Fives At The Gym. Wandering Freely Through Bookstores. Movies at Silver City. Buttery popcorn. Ice cold pop. A Gathering in The Park.

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So much goodness that I often took for granted in the course of an ordinary day.

Every adversity, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

What is the higher lesson in all of this?

In the video above created for a community resilience project โ€” I share all the ways my husband John and I are thriving (instead of merely surviving) the COVID-19 crisis. Including counting our blessings like never before.

Community Resilience Dr. Andrea Dinardo.

Community Resilience

Now is the opportunity to come together as a resilient community. From the basement of our fears to the penthouse of our faith. Rising in unison. Together in strength and love.


Your Thoughts

What has COVID-19 crisis awakened in you?

How has your inner and outer life evolved?

How have you thrived and grown?

Stay Well My Friends! ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿฆ‹ 

โ€œLike the butterfly, I have the hope, the strength, and the faith to believe that in time, we will emerge from our cocoon transformed.

Video of Post โ‡’ Click Here 

70 thoughts on “What has COVID-19 awakened in you?

  1. Oh Andrea, I can so relate to this post, to you and your thoughts about awakening. And I totally understand about walks in the park, with a hand on my heart and saying hello to so many more people. Sometimes the feeling of love and appreciation that I have, and of gratitude, are overwhelming. Yes, Iโ€™d say weโ€™re awakening big time and no longer taking so much for granted. Hope you have a peaceful and safe Easter my friend. xx ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฃ

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    1. Do you want to know what I love waking up to! Literally Miriam. Your beautiful posts on Instagram where you sing for all of us. Profound and Peaceful. All at once!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and reflect here and IRL. Your reach from Australia to Canada is incredible.

      Enjoy this day with your beautiful family!

      Andrea ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’™

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      1. Oh Andrea, youโ€™ve just made my morning. Iโ€™ve literally just woken up here, on Easter Sunday, itโ€™s early still, no one is awake and your words are the first Iโ€™ve read. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You too have a profound reach. Have a beautiful weekend my lovely friend. xx ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ

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    1. You are so right. It won’t be the same life. Similar to adversities we have experienced both individually, and universally, in the past. They key is hold onto hope. One blog post at a time.. and one connection with fellow bloggers (grateful for you!).. at a time. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™

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  2. I have felt peace during the Covid19 crisis. I have been praying for cure.

    I do miss going out, but I was surfing around on Twitter and found “Sketchbook Revival 2020” So I joined, I got late start but they still excepted me.

    The Introduction was about making Junk Journal from Old Book. Carla also offered another class called getmessyart.com so I am participating in this one too. I use to draw but raising daughter, work this got away from it and now that I am retired and indoors decided to do something for myself.

    This is what I am choosing to do, reconnect with art.

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  3. I have awakened to the fact that we are all connected to each other and depend on each other for everything in our lives. I have also awakened to the fact that nature always finds a way to return to a state of perfect balance. This balance is also within me and I too must learn to keep myself balanced with the harmony of nature.

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    1. Amen! to all of this:

      “I have awakened to the fact that we are all connected to each other and depend on each other for everything in our lives. I have also awakened to the fact that nature always finds a way to return to a state of perfect balance.”

      Grateful to find the balance with you.

      #silverlinings

      ๐ŸŒˆโ˜˜๏ธ๐Ÿ’š

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    1. You are so welcome! Love knowing you felt the “positive PUSH”. Sometimes we need an encouraging voice to remind us of our STRENGTH INSIDE and how ultimately so much of our ADVERSITY leads to our ultimate DESTINY. It’s the “in between” that being in community with fellow bloggers, like you โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™ makes it all worthwhile.

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  4. Survivors will learn from all this about themselves and others, but to those that don’t and are suffering right now, well my mind and heartstrings sway back and fore towards them.

    For the Beloveds going through the worst case scenario, will leave us I imagine feeling so alone and frightened.

    So for that reason I am passionately saying
    “PLEASE KEEP TO THE GUIDELINES AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS”.

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      1. I wish I could click [Like] more than once, for there’s the truth if ever I saw it.
        I’ve learnt a few things so far about some people, in that age is no barrier to being (insert expletives of choice). One man of around late 20’s walked around the shop in his dirty overalls as if no one existed or lines and even jumped the queue, while another man in his 80’s said in a loud voice near me of how he wishes to pull all the face masks off. No, actually I don’t think I learnt from it, it just confirmed my suspicions and shocked me at the time, frightened, made me feel anger, wanting to cry and 100% saddened me. ๐Ÿ˜ž

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  5. Hi Andrea,

    Touching post which brought tears to my eyes & in a way only just realised what it has meant for me in so many ways.

    โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‡๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒˆโ˜˜๏ธ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ดโœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿป๐Ÿง•๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘—โ›‘๐ŸŒ‚๐Ÿ‘œ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ•Š๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒŸโ˜”๏ธโ›ˆ๐Ÿ‡๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅ›๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšต๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽป๐ŸŽทโฐ๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽ‰โœ‰๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฎ๐Ÿ—’๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ–Œโœ‚๏ธ

    Ireland, Gambia, u.s & worldwide.

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    1. I can feel the tenderness & love your comment Margaret!

      Thank you for sharing how much this post hit home for you. For someone like yourself, as a healthcare worker, who experience posttraumatic trauma & compassion fatigue yourself. This pandemic opens you up in an unspeakable way — that can have profound awakening effects. You have been here before Margaret.

      This difference is that now: You don’t have to do it alone.

      #inthistogether

      โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‡๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒˆโ˜˜๏ธ๐Ÿ’š

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  6. Not much has changed in my world except for those things that I “depended on” to be around people. The gym was the big one. I solved that by now using resistance bands so I do not loose all the benefits I have gained.

    I too have become very grateful for what I took for “granted”. I have my back door open and am listening to the calming sound of raindrops. All of Nature, not just us, is resetting. What had begun as a wild growth way too early in my gardens, has virtually come to a stop.

    So even the flowers and yes birds are feeling that time has changed. I believe we have stepped onto a new time line and it will take a while for everyone to adjust to it.

    I am eliminating all those relationships that brought me down. I refuse to allow their “problems” into my life any longer. I’m talking the “victim”. I also seem to be “seeing” deeper and in fact, my eyes are changing allowing me to see more as an “empath”.

    We are at a pivotal point in our history.

    Thank goodness the brakes were put on because we as a global society were all headed for a cliff, funning right off of it to our death.

    So so grateful this has happened.

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  7. “I had never felt more appreciative and grateful for all the simple joys in my life.”

    Wow! You took the words right out of my mouth.

    I have felt and said exactly the same thing in the past weeks. All the simple things I have taken for granted in my life have become distorted or taken away in recent months.

    I guess I should feel grateful for this NEW experience. We always grow from new experiences, right? Heaven knows I hope so.

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  8. Everyone needs to find the positives in this situation we find ourselves in.
    Whether it be doing creative projects to release our tensions. Or long put off
    home projects. I have been writing more, So i am not feeling the pain of being
    stuck at home.

    Hoping you and everyone you love are out of harms way. Be safe.

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    1. So incredible! Caroline Myss, one of my favourite authors, often says “destruction — brings creation”. I love that you’re tapping into this energy. Wishing you & your loved ones well too. Working from home right now, so we feel doubly blessed by safety and security. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing my post on your blog! The joy I felt is seeing my words reflected back through you, was the most amazing boost to my own resilience and immunity all week long. Thank you for this ^ and for being apart of my blogging community. I am most thankful for you & the domino effects of gratitude. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’™

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  10. As you know, isolation is not new to me, so I’m adjusting fine. Interesting to observe how others are responding – some with grace, some struggling, some anxious, some rising to their higher selves. Stay save all!

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    1. So true! You get this, you live this, every single day. And now youโ€™re the overseer, the observer, in this universal isolation.

      The things we learn about each other under pressure is profound. So much material for your writing VJ, Iโ€™m sure! ๐Ÿ’ญ ๐Ÿ–Š

      My sister Noelle is in a very similar situation to you. She has been living with a chronic illness compounded by a brain injury since 2009. And consequently has been isolated from work & her peers since.

      Which is why she is now the one STRENGTHENING our family because she has the skills to cope in incredible uncertainty. An inner fortitude I praise her for each day.

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  11. This has been a disruption nobody asked for or wanted. An unwanted guest that has moved into each home, each life, and is staying for an indeterminate amount of time.

    So it’s asking me how do I deal with an unwanted guest that will be present? I can’t treat this like the enemy–the enemy of our souls is seeking to use this to derail us completely.

    You’re absolutely right – we need to be awakened to how to live life differently. To refresh our minds and hearts with what matters, with who matters to us.

    I love this thinking at the beginning and end of each day. A chance to anticipate and an opportunity to examine how it worked.

    Thanks for this, my friend.

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    1. Thank you for imagining with me Dayle ๐Ÿ’ž

      Simple things on repeat truly save our world.

      Deep questions.

      Returning to basics.

      Hand washing.

      Sheltering in Place.

      Gratitude.

      All the โ€œextrasโ€ were an illusion.

      A distraction.

      Now weโ€™re REawakening to the simple things.

      ๐ŸŒˆ ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’—

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  12. You know, my life hasn’t changed much from BC (before corona). I was already working primarily from home and I feel as if I’d already begun seeing the world and my life in it a little differently. So, if anything, I’m glad I listened to myself and shifted; otherwise, I probably would’ve been spiraling by now.

    I will say that “change is inevitable” has been reinforced in my life and this time around, I get to practice using my new tools, like feeling my feels, instead of repressing emotions.

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    1. So wonderful! Thank you for sharing your experiences. Pre & Post CV is so fascinating. How your outer has remained the same โ€” and your inner has risen to match equally.

      CHANGE IS INEVITABLE YET THE SPEED OF TIME HAS CHANGED

      I love the โ€œpracticing my feelsโ€ part especially Dr. G! Itโ€™s like the worldโ€™s slate has been wiped clean. And we refuse to wait another precious moment hiding from our strength, our truth, our destiny. ๐ŸŒŸ

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  13. Andrea, I’m so glad you’re well. I can honestly say that as a back pain sufferer along with the anxiety that comes from the pain; I feel a deep Spiritual awakening for people that don’t know what anxiety is like as it’s a monster with many faces.

    Having no real go to job and living as a writer/author, I’m in a state of isolation to a degree everyday for the past 13 years.

    I hope and pray with all the past of opioid epidemic; the Healthcare system will become more aware and compassionate to the needs of people such as myself as we struggle daily to make certain are meds kick in so that we can live at our highest authentic self.

    Blessings dear, Emma
    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™

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    1. Emma, your comments just gave me goosebumps. big time!

      My sister Noelle is in a very similar situation to you. And has been isolated since 2009.

      Which is why she is now the one STRENGTHENING US
      IN THE COVID-19
      because Noelle has the skills to cope in incredible uncertainty.
      Something I praise her for each day.

      I also dedicated this magazine article, blog post, and psychology video to my big sis:

      https://thedrivemagazine.com/posts/empowering-someone-with-a-brain-injury/

      https://drandreadinardo.com/2019/06/20/empowering-conversations

      IN SUMMARY
      I agree wholeheartedly with you Emma.
      This is the beginning of a long overdue GLOBAL spiritual awakening has arrived.

      Sending you a double DOSE of healing VIBES your way!
      Andrea โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  14. A helpful video! Tough question, but well worth considering. The surreal nature of each day can be overwhelming, until we realize we are not alone. I have noticed the significance of simple eye contact – a smile – a nod of the head. Across the distance of a grocery aisle or the other side of the street. It’s as if we are all on the same page and we all now know it. Understanding – at the same time – that we are all potential virus carrying threats. Very odd.

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    1. I love this! It’s so odd, surreal, and magical at the same time. We’ve never been so apart physically, as mandated by law – yet we’ve never been so close psychically. A shared UNIVERSAL CRISIS crumbles the walls between us. Heart to Heart. Strength by strength. Together we heal. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’™

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    2. ๐‘น๐’๐‘ฉ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต ๐ŸŒ‹

      Here, people are avoiding eye contact more, unfortunately! ๐Ÿ˜†. I’m making the effort to smile at people, though :).

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      1. Interesting, isn’t it. Part of it may be those with tunnel vision rushing past potential germ carriers who don’t look up. I am doing the same as you are…I so appreciate those spontaneous smiles. ๐Ÿ™‚

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