Starting with the reality, we are in a severe situation with this pandemic and it’s affecting our whole planet. Most of you reading this will, by now, know people who have contracted the virus. Some of you will already, and I suspect many more of us will, know people who die from it.
There are many, many people whose jobs and work, and as a result financial stability, have been affected. As one politician here in the UK was quoted last week as saying “this is the worst crisis since WW2”. To which, surely, most of us responded “no shit, Sherlock”. There will be very few people on this planet unaffected.
Choice A: We can focus on all the negatives and tragedy (just turn on the telly or read the papers) and look for someone to blame for everything; choose to treat it as a disaster.
Choice B: We can create a better world as we emerge from the pandemic. We can re-imagine a kinder, fairer, less greedy and more generous world. And we can take action towards it.
Not if we pull on the energy of all the positive things that are coming from Covid-19 and, bizarrely, there are lots of things to be grateful to covid-19 for (you just don’t see that many of them in the headlines).
I’m inviting you here to share your positive stories from this time using the hashtags #CovidKindness and #CovidChangeCatalysts. It might be a big thing you saw on the TV or read about on the internet, or even better, it might be something that happened to you or locally to you.
My first one this afternoon will be a personal one:
My parents who are in their late 80s and live 150 miles away have got onto Messenger so we can video-call for the first time. They can “visit” with us and their grandchildren more often #CovidKindness #covidchangecatalysts
I’d love you to share this blog with as many people as you can, asking them to share their positive stories.
For you personally, now is a great time to start thinking about what you want your world to be like as we come through the other side of the pandemic.
Try to answer these questions:
Never underestimate the power of many people choosing a kinder, more collaborative world: imagine taking that positivity, sharing and community from the 8pm NHS appreciations on the last two Thursday nights and spreading through every day of your life.
Even if you disagree with what I’ve said, share this with your network, with your comments, and let them decide for themselves.
With love and good wishes,
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