Everything happens for a reason. There is a lesson in every situation. Here are the lessons I have learned from this global pandemic.
We are all the same. Race, religion, social status, fortune, fame colour or creed – we are all the same. We all are susceptible to this virus. It knows no judgement, no bias and no boundary. In a matter of a few very short weeks, every person on this planet has been reminded that we are all equal. We are all at equal risk and we all have an equal responsibility.
Life is not a competition. We have become so entangled in our daily lives that we have forgotten the reason why we are here. Most of us are unable to recognize that we have a purpose far greater than the paycheck or the mortgage bill. We are here only to serve one another. We are here to contribute to our families, our communities not compete with them.
We have built relationships with things, not people. The rat race we have come to believe in is false. None of it matters. People can be cruel and you have been hurt, badly. I know, I have been too. But surrounding yourself with material items that make you feel safe, is not the answer. I have never heard of a package of toilet paper jumping out to do CPR or a house full of cats warding off a home invasion. Things will not keep you safe. Surround yourself with the right people – that is where you will be safe.
Choose your people. It is never to late to end a relationship that does not serve you. It is always possible to leave a situation where you do not feel safe. If lock-down & quarantine have taught us anything, it is that we must always fill our home with love, because you never know when you may be stuck with those people.
It’s never been about you. Nothing is this world is about you. Whether or not you believe in this global pandemic is irrelevant. We are all cogs in the wheel of life. We must all come together for the greater good. You are entitled to your opinions, thoughts & beliefs – but you are not entitled to endanger others with your beliefs.
We have the power of choice. We have the power to come together to ensure the human race survives this pandemic. We have the power to choose how long this will last. We have the power to choose what life will look like on the other side of this chaos. We have the power to to learn from our mistakes. We have the power to do what is right for the planet.
Change is inevitable. None of us will get out of this unscathed. Life will never be what is was. It can’t be. We will all be different when we emerge from isolation. We cannot unknow this pandemic. We will have new information, new policies, new procedures, new understandings and new awarenesses. Life as we knew it is gone. We have been given a clean slate, a fresh start. This is your chance to do what is right.
Everything has the ability to heal, if we allow it. The earth has the ability to heal herself, if given the opportunity. She is sick and has been for a long time. But she is beginning to heal. She is filtering her water, cleaning her air and repairing the damage we have done to her. Please take a moment to understand that Mother Earth was in the worst abusive relationship known to man. Her abuser beat her, starved her, stripped her, cored her, threw garbage at her and ignored that she had needs. She has been in this relationship for longer than any of us have been alive. She is a survivor. She will one day thrive! But first she must quietly heal; she must filter the crap in her veins, she must purify the air she breathes, she must love herself enough to forgive those that have attacked her and have faith in those that will help her heal. The same can be said of you. Forgive what was and heal your wounds.
Arrogance & ignorance will not serve you now. You are not immune to this virus. You can pretend that its fake, a hoax or some sort of unprecedented government conspiracy (seriously, when have all world leaders ever been on the same page about a conspiracy…?). Whether or not this is real is not the point. The point is this is our time to step outside of ourselves and do something for the greater good.
When all is said & done, will you have said more than you have done? When you get to the end of your long road of life (and I hope you do), you will look back on your life and your only thoughts will be about your legacy and your contribution. How will you be remembered? What contribution did you make to your family, your community, to Mother Earth? Were you the best version of yourself? Did you allow the thoughts & opinions of others hinder your authenticity? Are you able to say, beyond a doubt that you are leaving this world better than the way you found it? Don’t wait for tomorrow to live your life. We can’t afford to wait until we are free from isolation to be the best version of ourselves. It all starts now.
It’s only ever been about today. Tomorrow never comes. If you need to apologize, do it. If you need to let go of whatever is holding you back, do it. If you need to improve your health, take those steps. Whatever it is that you need to do, do it now. Stop procrastinating. This isolation is a lot like being grounded. Take time to think about the person you were and start creating the person you need to be!
If you can be anything – be Kind! Please stop projecting your hurt, your anger or your trauma onto others. There is really only one way to deal with your trauma – Be the person you needed when you were really struggling. If you needed encouragement – encourage someone else. If you needed a hand, lend a hand. If you needed support, be the support for someone else. We all have a story. None of us will make it through this life without some level of pain or trauma. The secret is in how you deal with it. What steps can you take to heal your past and ensure no one else suffers because of it.
Always look on the bright side! Positive thoughts will help ease your worry and anxiety. Be grateful for what you have, the people you love and all those who are risking their own safety to ensure yours. Practice gratitude, daily!
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