PEACE IN THE PANDEMIC

Catherine De Freitas
Posted June 1, 2020 from Trinidad and Tobago

I remember getting off the plane. The night was cold and I was very tired. After all I had just spent two days travelling.

All I wanted to do was rest, sort out some things and get back to work. However, that was not to be. The rumor starting spreading that something serious was happening. Then the official announcement came a major city was locked down. Things were serious, a novel virus was upon us and people were dying.

Provinces went into lockdown mode including mine. I was stunned. There was an air of morbidity and uncertainty. I asked myself could I survive this? Of course you can said that small voice in my spirit. The university where my daughter was studying went into lockdown mode. It would seem that everything was shutting down. All I could think about was how would my daughter get home. I started praying that the borders do not close because I know once she is home I would feel better. God heard my prayer and she was able to get a flight back home. Two days later the border closed.

Meanwhile in my apartment I had nothing. No food, as I did not really get a chance to stock up on supplies. I must say that I got all that I needed thanks to God, friends, and my school representative. Everyone in my province and by extension the country, did their part to flatten the curve. During this time I felt the peace of God. Instead of shutting down, I used this time to 'shut In" with God. He kept my mind and my emotions. I stayed updated with the situation in my country and stayed connected with my family.

The Government of my country must be applauded for their hard work in flattening the curve. To date they are internationally recognized for their efforts.

During this time I discovered skills I did not know I had. I learnt that in every adversity in life there is a seed of an equal or greater opportunity. This is because I now have a deeper vision for the women's group that I started years ago, which focuses on the well being of women. In Summer I would be launching a new initiative centered around specific needs for young women. This would be done with the assistance of my daughter.

I would also be collaborating with other NGO's as we aspire to reach out to those who are unable to deal with the emotional impact of the pandemic. (providing free counselling ). Mental health is wealth and is essential to society.

As things slowly start to orient to a sense of normalcy let's continue to unite and approach each challenge one at a time and one day at a time. All for one and one for all. Blessings to you all.

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 01
Jun 01

Dear sister Catherine. What am amazing account of the pandemic. Plenty of positive energy. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. Thanks for reaching out for those in need of counseling. May the God Lord be your strength.
Big hug to your daughter. Pray you all are keeping safe
In sisterhood
Regina

Catherine De Freitas

Hi my beautiful sister. Thank you so much for your kind words. We are doing well. :) and the yes the Lord would always be my strength. I would certainly extend the endearment to my daughter. love and blessings to you and your family.

Bakhita.Atit
Jun 02
Jun 02

Thanks Catherine for sharing your beautiful story. i hope more people will find peace and get to discover themselves during this pandemic crises and for the upcoming initiative, Bravo!
All the best.

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you very much sis. Blessings.

Julie Desai
Jun 02
Jun 02

I think you are doing a great work which is the need of the day! May god always be with you in this endeavour

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you so much for your kind words. Blessings

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 02
Jun 02

Dear Catherine,
So many of us are feeling these feelings, adjusting to this new reality, seeking spiritually in our ways for what step to take next. By your writing so beautifully about your journey you open the door for us all to stay close with each other in how we are. Your offer to give ear and heart support is a beautiful gift. I was so happy to read that you and your daughter have managed to be together. "All for one and one for all", yes!
In sisterhood,
Tam

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you my beautiful sis. How are you? Hope you are doing well. I appreciate you. Blessings :)

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 03
Jun 03

Thank you for your heart felt message. Knowing we can stay connected through this and continue to grow our work together is keeping me hopeful. Love to you dear sister.

Hello, Catherine,

How are you doing? How is your daughter now?

This resonates with me, “I asked myself could I survive this? Of course you can said that small voice in my spirit.“

Many times, when I am down, confused, afraid, there is that small voice that reminds me everything will be ok.

You survive this pandemic, and congratulations to your country for the international recognition on managing the COVID-19 crisis.

Please write more! We would love to hear more stories from you and from the women in Trinadad and Tobago. I first heard about your country when I was a little girl watching Miss Universe (pageants are a huge thing in our country).

Looking forward to reading more from you. Please stay safe and hugs to your daughter!

Catherine De Freitas

Hello Sweet Karen,
I am glad you can relate. Oh wow, Miss Universe :) Trinidad and Tobago's representative in 1977 was the first black woman to be crowned. :) Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. I would certainly convey the warm endearment to my daughter. Thank you. Blessings to you and your loved ones.

Wow, thanks for the information. It was the way one contestant introduced herself that left a memory in my head. She was so full of vibe and energy. It's pleasure to know you.

You're welcome, dear sister. Thank you. Blessings to you, too!:)

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you sis. It's my pleasure and it is nice to meet you as well. :)

Anita Shrestha
Jun 03
Jun 03

Thank u for sharing

Catherine De Freitas

I am happy I was able to share. Blessings :)

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jun 07
Jun 07

I totally agree with you nonetheless that pandemic provided opportunities to learn a new skill. The value of a strong social network cannot be over-emphasized which is something the pandemic has exposed that individuals are interconnected. I just followed you,Please follow back.Thank you

Catherine De Freitas

Hello sis, Thank you for your thoughts and for following. How are you? I have certainly extended the courtesy of following. Be blessed. :)

Chi8629
Jun 07
Jun 07

Hello Beautiful,
Thank you for sharing.
Please stay safe.

Catherine De Freitas

Hello sis, thank you for reading. You stay safe as well. Blessings :)

Jensine Larsen
Jun 26
Jun 26

Catherine, thank you for sharing this deeper vision of the women's group. It sounds incredible, and you have all the skills and passion to make it happen one step at a time. We will love to keep following your journey here !! Love!!

Catherine De Freitas

My beautiful sis, You have always inspired me. I thank you for this platform. Your encouragement has boosted the fire :) Thank you so much. Love and blessings to you and your family.