Today, January 31, Perú re-enters a period of quarantine and inmovilizaciones sociales obligatorias. For the next two weeks, significant parts of the country will be under lock-down orders.
There will be nothing easy about these new restrictions. For many, the simple fact of their lives is this - people need to be out-and-about to make money to feed themselves and their families. For others, the struggle of the pandemic has pushed nerves to the point of breaking. For everyone, this will not be easy.
The new restrictions in Perú, and the continued pandemic struggles around the globe, got me thinking about connections. So much has changed over these past 11 months. The pacing of our lives has shifted. We find ourselves missing out on celebrations, postponing trips and travel, and longing for time with family and friends. Our lives feeling disconnected.
However, despite these challenges - we are finding ways to stay connected and remain hopeful pillars in one another's lives. We're using video calls to reach out across the globe. We're organizing ourselves to accomplish work that prior to the pandemic required face-to-face collaboration. In the midst of great challenge, we are making things happen. Let's keep it going.
The pandemic is far from over, and the next six months will undoubtedly bring a new set of challenges and complexity. For many places in the world, life has been upended. Yes, the global pandemic is far from over - but we are not disconnected. We are a global community of hope.
Let's remain connected. Let's continue to be a part of one another's lives. Let's commit to check-in on our family, friends, and colleagues around the global whom we are called be to in community. Let's reach out and build the bridges we will need to heal one another.
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