I don’t think any of us would have predicted how this year would pan out the way it has so far. We have entered an unknown world that has made people fearful and panicking. From December to February, I saw people who were companssionate and giving due to the bushfires. People who would do anything to help those affected. What a change a different crisis brings, no surprise here when it’s Covid-19 (Corona Virus) I’m talking about.! People have panicked to the point where the grocery shelves are empty of essentials and the only thing that matters is themselves
The human race is a funny breed, compassionate and giving one day, to selfish and hoarding the next! But there are some amazing, lovely stories to come out of this, from the Italians all singing together from their balconies to people here in Australia looking after neighbours with the offer of shopping for them or giving them essentials like toilet paper.
People are acting badly out of fear. Fear of this virus, fear of the unknown and fear for the future. We all have to take a few deep breaths, count to 10 and realise that this will eventually come to an end. We just have to do the right things as we have been told.
Be courageous and step up like others have done this week. For example the restaurant up the street ‘Lentil As Anything’ in Thornbury is a place where you pay what you can. Well instead of closing their doors they are packaging food, have asked for volunteers and delivering it to customers and still only asking them to ‘pay what they can’. Or Ray Steindl the operator of a Pakenham Bus Tour company who has decided to pick up local pensioners to take them shopping during ‘seniors only’ times at Coles. And then there is the ‘Northside Melbourne CoronaVirus Outreach‘ group on Facebook who if you need anything are there to help.
We are lucky here in Australia being an island and now that the borders are shut if we continue to follow instructions such as social distancing, making sure we are following hygiene and cough protocol, hopefully this will ‘flatten the curve’ of infection. The world has a huge challenge ahead of it and it needs all of us to step up. As my friend Annabelle Williams said recently in her Tedx Talk ‘Don’t underestimate your ability to be a superhero to someone else’.
So please have the courage to find the good in every day no matter how tough it gets in the coming days, weeks and yes possibly months!
As Nelson Mandela said “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”