Undeniably, I have been shaken after listening to projections regarding the predicted cases of COVID-19 and the anticipated death tolls. But then I realized, what good would that do? Will it change anything? Besides, why panic about what could happen, when it has not yet happened. I refuse to allow these projections to cause me anxiety. I stay true to what I believe and that is to stay focused on the positive while merely being aware of our reality.
Like many of you, I have read and seen videos of the positive effects of the virus on our planet. Moreover, I am thrilled when I come across a positive post or video. In fact, I am comforted in knowing that there are many people out there on the same wavelength, or I should say, frequency.
Indeed, the global community, coming together as one for the first time in recent memory, with one goal in mind, to defeat the Corona Virus. This virus has claimed many lives and shook every country to its core. It is continuing to take lives each minute and each day that passes. But as powerful as this virus may be, so is the determination of humanity to get through it together, hand-in-hand.
Have you seen the moving videos of Italians singing from their balconies while they are in complete lock-down, providing support and getting together as one big family.
Have you seen random acts of kindness like this post from a good Samaritan:
“Hi neighbors, if you will be missing a paycheck/contract work, or if money is tight for food and supplies, message me and I will send you 20 dollars, no questions asked,” – unknown
How about the volunteers in every country doing whatever they can to help their community. From delivering groceries and medicine to elderly and vulnerable people, to sending uplifting messages letting people know they are not alone, to businesses that began producing much needed protective equipment and medical supplies and donating to hospitals without being asked.
Have you noticed some online colleges and institutions offering free or highly discounted courses for adults, some businesses offering free access to books and inspirational materials during this isolation, free educational resources for children stuck at home, yoga teachers offering online classes, and global meditation sessions to raise the vibrations and uplift the morale of people worldwide.
Have you heard that as a result of people staying home, reduced automobile usage, airplanes grounded, ships and boats docked, factories closed, etc…, the pollution level has dropped dramatically and there is a noticeable improvement in the air quality. It has been reported that for the first time in a long time, China is seeing clear skies, the canal in Venice is coming back to life, the Tatra mountains in Poland are visible once again according to residents, the Himalayas can be seen from areas, never seen before, our wildlife is being restored, and our planet is healing. All thanks to this largest lock-down and countries down to a halt.
What about the effects that each one of us experienced during this self-isolation: reconnecting with friends and loved ones, finding time to get creative and explore that hobby or project we have been meaning to get to, spending more time with our family, and perhaps practicing our cooking and baking skills. At times like these, we take the time to notice how good we had it, and how in a blink of an eye, life as you know it, is no more.
We hear everyday about the heroic roles of our Health Care workers, and we have seen several videos online showing the claps, the honks and the salute given to those who work day and night to care for our sick and fight our battle of containing this virus.
There are many more stories to be shared and acts of kindness that need to be recognized. The point here is to allow yourself the opportunity to see the good in people, and remember that we can do amazing things when we come together.
Undoubtedly, these are uncertain, and anxious times, and noticing these positive effects do not take away the ugly truth and sad reality we live in because of COVID-19. But, why not allow yourself to uplift your energy and see the silver lining amid these debilitating times.
I send my condolences to every family who lost a soul to this Virus. I pray you will get through this and find peace in your hearts. There are no words to ease your pain. Just know that I send you my love, whoever you are, wherever you are.
I say “Thank you” to every health care worker and every individual who risks his or her life everyday in order to serve and keep essential needs available, from truck drivers, to grocery store associates, to police officers, to volunteers … just to name a few.
I say “Job Well Done” to every person who listened to their government’s instructions, stayed home, kept the social distance, took all protective measures and did their part in “flattening the curve” and preventing further spread of the virus.
I say “You are doing the best you can” to every parent who suddenly have to work from home, take care of the kids, and educate them, being patient with them, explaining in the best way you can “why we can’t go outside.” Hats off to you for leading by example and for waking up every day with a smile, doing it all over again.
I say “Hang in there” to every person who is in total isolation, living alone, sick and quarantined, sacrificing being with your family to protect them from being exposed if you are an essential worker, whatever your case may be, “you are doing great, you will get through this.”
There is not much I can do, I do what I can in my own “bubble” as our Health Care professionals refer to it. The least I can do, is keep motivating you, and showing you the light at the end of the tunnel that I am grasping on just as you are.
Keep smiling … Stay Home and Stay Safe.