I realized that my last two blog posts are deeply related. This time of self-confinement is not only tapping into my fear of missing out on months of living life, but also my fear of not being missed by others. Out of sight, out of mind. Due to the COVID-19-related guidance to shelter in place, I won’t be physically around my friends and social circles in person as a prompt for my community to remember I exist.

But I also need to flip around the fear so that it’s not so self-oriented. The enemy just wants me to focus narcissistically on myself and drown in self-pity. So I too can do my part to remember my friends and family — to reach out to them proactively to see how they’re doing. Especially those who are isolated, living alone, without much support. Care for others as I want to be cared for.