Ancient philosopher Epictetus (A.D. 55-135) gave this advice:
"Welcome present circumstances and accept the things whose time has arrived. Keep your will in line with events".....
In other words, it is what it is. Acceptance of it, as a reality, is the only thing that can keep you sane.
Like everyone during this time of keeping to ourselves, staying home and isolation, I've had a lot of time to reflect on how things came to be this way. But even in my wildest dreams, I did not see the reality we are living in now. It does seem the result, though, of our actions of the past. Even so, we are here now. We cannot change it. We can only accept things and work toward a different reality tomorrow.
Not that easy.
On some level I blame myself for this situation. I was craving time to myself, time away from people and the world. This is not what I envisioned, however. You know what they say about being careful what you wish for.
Anyway, here we are. Well into our third month of the world pandemic: the pandemic that changed everything, shut down everything and brought out the best AND the worst in everyone. It does no good to rail against the world as it is right now. It is what it is.
Eckhardt Tolle, spiritual teacher and author , wrote:
In other words, don't argue with what IS (in your mind or out aloud). No useless complaining, blaming, getting irritated, making wrong. It's an enormous waste of energy. It diminishes your ability to think clearly and take effective action. It contaminates your life with negativity, and then you spread it to others. So: GETTING WHAT YOU WANT is great. WANTING WHAT YOU GET is greater.
Seems true to me. More so now than ever before.