Social Distancing?

I heard a thought today that I really liked. But first…

The call to action with slowing the spread of the Coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 has been a clear and important one:

Wash your hands

Stay home

Practice social distancing.

We are all in this together. And here is the thought – as humans, as we are in this together, maybe there is a better term to use than social distancing. What we need to practice is physical distancing.

The reason for this post?


I believe the difference between these two is important. This isn’t a time to disconnect or distance socially, but it is a time to do so physically.

We need each other at a whole new level. Your friend or co-worker needs an encouraging phone call from you. That family member needs an encouraging text. They need your social interaction without breaking the important physical distancing that we all need to be a part of. Don’t stop connecting in community, even though “community” looks different now.

Maybe we should change the language a bit – because language matters.

I hope as we create healthy physical distancing, that we will not sacrifice healthy social interaction.

Connect with someone today. Let them know they are loved. Let them know they matter.

  1. Excellent, let’s see if we can get the President, media, & officials to adopt this terminology, too.

  2. Words are so powerful and you have given new meaning to what we should be doing as far as distancing ourselves from others. I will be using physical distancing from now on.
    Thank you so much for the encouraging words and scripture you have shared. I have been encouraged each time I read them.
    Blessings, Paulette

  3. The illustrations of the spread of coronavirus intrigue me. I compare this to the spread of Christianity; person to person contact. But the nice thing about the spread of Christianity, is that it does not stop when we are not in direct contact. It keeps on spreading via technology and other media. Good thing it is not life threatening, but rather life saving!

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