When I used to work in the supermarket industry, we would often have to renovate stores after a certain number of years. It was necessary as the passing of time necessarily led to things getting worn out, breaking down, become faded or shabby. During the construction period, there were board-ups to cover the parts that were being renovated. You couldn’t see the big picture of how it would all come together. All you could see was the mess. There was dust and debris all over. When the renovation period began, we discovered all the parts of the store that needed to be replaced, refurbished, and rejected. We dismantled and threw away what was no longer needed. The renovation was conducted section by section. As much as we wanted to close the entire supermarket during renovation, we couldn’t do so because it would mean a big loss in revenues. It had to continue operating. So everyone had to be patient until the construction and redesign was done. The good thing was that when we would finally open the renovated store, nobody would remember how ugly or chaotic it was while it was under construction. They would only remember how beautiful it was when it was all completed.
These past 7 months of pandemic can be compared to a personal renovation period for many of us. Our foundations have been shaken, sifted, and tested to their limits. We found, during the shaking, what needed to be replace, refurbished, or rejected altogether. Amidst all the debris and chaos, we continue to live, making the most of a difficult situation. We cannot completely shut down because life has to go on. In this time of renovation, let us live in such a way that when all the debris clears, when the period of construction is over, there will be an unveiling of something much better than before, something stronger, something that will make us see that this time of “renovation” was necessary so that something more beautiful would emerge.