There is no doubt that we are living through some incredibly testing times. Life as we know it is changing and we are being forced to adapt, whether we like it or not. It feels like everywhere we look, we’re being bombarded with growing statistics, press conferences and news stories around the world – and sadly, not the positive type. It’s easy to get caught up in the panic that surrounds us so, we thought we’d take a step back and focus on some positive thoughts… just for a mindful minute.
If you’re able to, take a step outside and focus on the green grass. It was not that long ago that we were in dire need of rain. That was of course, until the heavens opened. Regardless of the chaos our world seems to be going through right now, the sun is still shining. The birds are still chirping, and the flowers continue to bloom. When you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, it might be helpful to turn your attention to the beauty of nature – a constant during these uncertain times.
Raise your hands if you’ve heard someone say that technology and social media has created a generation of antisocial humans. Many believe that as the years have gone on, people have become more and more disconnected from society and more and more obsessed with their phones. While there may be some truth in that, I certainly don’t think that people want to disconnect. In fact, I think it’s quite the opposite.
If there’s one thing that has become quite apparent during this crisis, it’s that humans crave connection. During a time where we are being told to socially distance ourselves from friends, colleagues and loved ones, technology has never played a more important role in bringing people together. Grandparents who can no longer see their grandchildren are turning to FaceTime (once they’ve figured out how to make a video call… mum, here’s looking at you). Work colleagues who can no longer have lunch together are jumping on group calls using WhatsApp. People scrolling through Facebook and Instagram are reminded that they are not alone. Which leads me to my next point…
We are in this together
To say the least, the last few weeks have been tough. People are losing their jobs. Many are struggling to find basic supplies at the supermarkets (toilet-paper-gate still baffles my mind). Plenty have had to cancel holidays, weddings and birthday parties. I think it’s fair to say that there is not one person who isn’t feeling the effects of the ‘C’ word. These are uncertain times, but you can take solace in knowing that you are not alone. Facebook pages like The Kindness Pandemic are wonderful reminders that when times are tough, kindness prevails. We will get through this together and we will be stronger because of it.
By Amy Teixeira