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Filling in the Void of Summer

Prior to the Coronavirus, states across the country would use advertisements and commercials to persuade families to travel to their cities, towns, and vacation destinations. Extending from the June solstice to the September equinox, normal summers would see vacancies fill up quickly, leaving the unorganized with a few places left to choose. However, 2020 has been all about quarantines, banning travel from certain COVID-19 hot spots. Thus, states like Hawaii are all but shut down to tourists as if you have be be quarantined for 2 weeks upon arriving, what’s the point of going there on vacation.

Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves], Philippians 2:3.

While on my final vacation of the summer, going anywhere requires masks and social distancing. Going out for ice cream isn’t what it use to be, slowly moving from line to line, stuck outside until your party is finally waved in to order. If mini golf is more your style, masks are optional once you get to the first hole. Perhaps, the summer of 2020 is more about being aware of and responding to your surroundings. A mask is simply a way to prevent others from catching any cold or virus that you may have inside of you. From a biblical perspective, being socially responsive is merely another way to be a good neighbor, treating others as you want to be treated.

Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others, Philippians 2:4.

Yet, if families are left with fewer options to choose for vacation, how will you fill in this void left by the Coronavirus. As for me, I did a lot of soul searching, reflecting upon how I have been investing my time. Although some days are more productive than others, my productivity tends to fall off each weekend. Whether this is laziness, poor time management or a lack of vision, if I want to make my dreams a reality, things will need to change. You only have so much time on earth and when time becomes the enemy, discipline, focus and resolve serve as a rudder to keep you on track. I’m not sure if I’ll ever become a successful screen writer, but like Andy Dufresne says in Shawshank Redemption, “you have to get busy living or get busy dying.”

by Jay Mankus

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