Greatest GIFT – Naomi Jeremiah

Faith, God's Wisdom, journey to healthy living, Life and dreams – Naomi Jeremiah


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Covid19 Way of Life

What a roller coaster ride it has been since the last time I posted about this virus that so much impacted all our lives! Almost four months after, we have learned to cope and to adjust to a world health crisis of a huge proportion.

On March 11, 2020, USA had confirmed cases of 1,056 with 31 deaths. China was leading the pack of Covid19 confirmed cases. We had our eyes gazed on CCP’s virus spread where it all started.

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Fast Forward to three days ago, and there were three million confirmed cases in the U.S. alone as of July 18, 2020! And this time around though, many are no longer as afraid compared to when it was just slowly spreading in March 2020. We’ve heard so much news about Corona Virus, that I think many got immune; and being on a lock down for a few months, they just had enough; and let their guard downThey become less guarded or vigilant; and stopped being cautious about potential trouble or danger. Most refused to be told what to do, especially about wearing a face mask. It’s not their style!

Wearing face mask is now part of our daily life; at least for those who believe in protecting themselves and others. There have been an ongoing divisive discussions and conflicts about wearing face masks. It’s good, one group said; it’s bad, another group complained. It’s weird enough to stay away from people for fear of getting infected; that by just getting too close for comfort, we will become Covid positive! They might be all cover up with theirs or others saliva full of Covid! Yikes! This sounds funny, but this is what our lives revolve around nowadays: That droplets full of a killer virus!

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Amazingly, there are more than a million survivors in America as to this writing.

Amazingly, there are more than a million survivors in America as to this writing.

Who knows how long Covid 19 is staying around. Are we going to see the light at the end of all these next year?

The 1918 flu pandemic lasted from February 1918 to April 1920, it infected 500 million people–about a third of the world’s population at the time–in four successive waves. The death toll is typically estimated to have been somewhere between 17 million and 50 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.

I do wear face mask with face shield. Honestly, I take this Covid 19 very seriously!
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I do wear a face mask with face shield when I go out in public. Honestly, I take this Covid 19 very seriously!


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Social Media – What’s good and bad about it?

 

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I remember when I’ve decided to join the internet connection many years ago, social media was not even named as such. I used the world wide web then to research and gain knowledge on things I was interested in. Slowly, platforms like chatting and communication websites started popping up; but it was nothing big. Everything was through the internet. I found it at that time to be where you can relax after long days of work. No smartphones then, so time was more spent socializing in real life.

I’ve learned so much about the world through the net. The internet has been a huge library with all kinds of information available to everyone, if they are eager to learn outside the box. I’ve learned to create my personal websites and that kept me busy and my way of relaxing my mind from the hassle of day to day struggles and trials brought by real life.

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I’ve socialized with people in chatrooms and chat websites, but in the long run I’ve lost connections as many closed down and were not able to maintain the financial costs of daily operations. Though I’ve met interesting people through these formats, we did not really know each other’s personal daily life. No one was sharing pictures daily, so it was more private and there was an aura of mystery, even with the celebrities who we may have encountered, but very rare. Looking back, I like that idea. After a while, too much information can create too much noise in our heads.

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Landlines actually had positive advantages because you can actually converse with people, relatives and friends in catching up with their life happenings. You can actually hear their voices and connect with them much better. I so miss that! Now, everyone owns a phone and it’s with them 24/7, but most do not take the time to use it as it’s supposed to be intended. We are actually using our phones now for different things than calling. Mostly used for social media connections. Rarely I get a phone chats on my cell phone. Most avoids the person to person chats.

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What is so funny is people I know personally will tell me on Facebook they miss me. How can you miss someone you don’t take time to call? If you get lucky and they call you, you can sense, they are antsy to get off the phone. It’s so obvious!

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Everything now is rush. I’d be lucky if I can talk to someone I know personally and converse for 15 minutes. Everyone seems to be in a rush. Some people lost their communication skills, even when you socialize with them in person.

“Communications skills refers to the: ability to exchange information in a productive and constructive manner, capability to convey information that is helpful to the receiver, talent to express ideas effectively, expertise in delivering facts, statistics, knowledge, guidance, advice in a useful manner, mastery over the art of communication, competence to hold discussions and creating a win-win situation, impressive way of delivering a speech or presenting something with finesse.

Communication skills are vital to many aspects of our life, and so it is crucial to have good communication. When we have good communication skills, the people we are trying to communicate with will be able to understand exactly what we are trying to say, and at the same time, we will understand exactly what they are trying to say.”

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Everyone’s smartphones are on each other’s way of a good conversation. Constantly seeing what your friends and relatives do through social media cause to lose your interest about their personal life. We are so inundated now with all kinds of pictures, videos of people of different walks of life and their daily activities, that most of us feel burnt out and just about have enough. Funny thing, is what you see they share is a replica of what they feel inside. Pictures tell so much, if you happened to be endowed with discernment.

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What’s good about social media? At least you get connected long term with your friends and relatives, though you don’t really communicate. You get updated with their life on the surface through their pictures and postings.

 

Does social media connection affect your mental health? I believe in some aspects, it does. People have the tendency to brag. It’s human nature. Depression is very common with humans. Discontentment plays huge in our emotions and it affects our brain. The Holy Bible says that humans are all broken. They all fall short of the glory of God.

“Glory as an Attribute. The most common use of the word “glory” in the Bible is to describe the splendor, holiness and majesty of God. Glory, in this sense, is often associated with a person experiencing God’s presence in a tangible way.”SocialMedia6