I usually travel on a regular basis, however 2020 has changed that practice. Several months ago, I flew for the first time in four months. There was a stillness within the usually bustling airport. The flight attendants reminded us that the boarding process would be slower so that we could socially distance. When we arrived at our destination, we were reminded to wait until the passenger in front of us was six feet in front of us. She said, “Make extra space, move at a slower pace and we’ll all get to our designated place.” I looked at the social distance reminders throughout the airports. I saw the symbol and reflected.
This sign reminded me that we are all called to make extra space, we have had to slow down our hurried pace and we have to extend ourselves and others flexibility and grace. Make space for time with God. Make space for extra time for conversations. Take time to pause after asking “How are you?” and take the time to listen. Make space for yourself, rest, eat healthy and take care of your physical body. Connect virtually with friends, talk to a therapist, take a walk and make space for yourself.