One thing that is particularly highlighted by the character of the coronavirus is the vulnerability of the elderly. At this time, if we are still young and strong in ourselves, it can be good to reflect that one day, if we live long enough, old age will come to us too, we will find ourselves in their shoes. If we reflect skilfully, this will cause our compassion to strengthen and we will be further moved to help and protect those at risk.
Drawing closer to the elderly we can find or be reminded of the knowledge and wisdom of long experience, the power of the story. This is especially so if we encourage the elderly person to share. In a situation where they are needing help this also gives them something to offer in return. We are so used to turning to the computers these days for the answers and find ourselves flooded by abstract facts. In contrast the knowledge of the elderly is real and well-seasoned, calm and realistic.
Especially at a time of crisis such wisdom can be of great benefit to us all.
I offer this for your reflection