“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Vlladimir Lenin
This quote by the late Russian revolutionary sums up this time perfectly.
It’s breathtaking to reflect on how much the world has changed in the course of just 8 weeks.
Who would have ever thought that most people across the globe would be working from home wearing their PJ’s in 2020: boisterous dinners out with friends and exotic travels overseas are now a distant memory of some bygone era.
Privately, our lives have been stripped to down to the bares essentials too: no getting dressed up, no nights out – just work, (for those of us who are still lucky to have it,) and lots and lots of time with our immediate family, and of course remote contact with our friends via WhatsApp, Instagram and Zoom.
In our family, I have noticed the bond between my 2 kids Mika & Milo grow broader and deeper. It is at times like this when I am grateful that they at least have each other to play with. Whilst they do still fight, they really have become the best of friends and I am grateful for these small treasures.
I don’t know about you, but I am now in touch with all my close friends. There are some mates who I literally haven’t heard from in years, but as we are now all terribly worried about each other, we are now back in touch.
In a strange way, this pandemic has bought us all closer together even though, in some cases, we are literally oceans apart.
And, it is not only our personal lives which has been impacted. Our public life has also been pared back: we have all come to realise what is really important and what is not.
After all, we can clearly do without celebrities, but we literally can NOT survive without our nurses, doctors, care workers, delivery drivers, and of course, our wonderful supermarket shelve stackers.
Although we are certainly living amidst unprecedented and terrifying times, perhaps 2020 will be remembered as the year that our values changed for the better.
Perhaps our world will evolve into a more just and happier place where we no longer felt it appropriate to indiscriminately pollute this beautiful planet that provides us home.
As Katie O’Meara writes in her beautiful poem: “And the people stayed home. And listened more deeply. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways the earth began to heal
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
One can but hope that this will be one of the many beautiful things come out of this unique moment in history.
After all, as Winston Churchill once said: “We should NEVER let a good crisis go to waste.”
Happy Easter everyone X
And the People Stayed Home: Katie O’Meara
And the people stayed home.
And read books and listened, and rested and exercised,
and made art and played games,
and learned new ways of being and were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, and made new choices,
and dreamed new images,
and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.