We’re living through a very stressful time. Thank you Captain Obvious, right? But even though we’re all concerned and unsure, we should never lose sight of the fact that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It might seem like a long tunnel, but the light is there all the same.
They say that we can always learn something and grow from situations like this and even though it may be tough to see that while we’re living through it, I do think its true.
“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” — Doe Zantamata
What Can We Possibly Learn from a Pandemic?
We can all learn a lot from this global health crisis. For one, we can hopefully learn from our mistakes. Why were we so caught off guard? Why didn’t we act sooner? Why didn’t we have the stockpile of vital supplies? There are many questions we can and should be asking and more importantly, that we demand be answered. While the average person may not have the answers to those questions, we can ask ourselves: “Who am I? What do I stand for? Am I really a good person? How can I live a more fulfilling, positive life?” These are the questions we should all be asking ourselves and the answers we seek may make us uncomfortable. Perhaps some will realize that they weren’t thriving in life, but had been merely surviving — sort of muddling along. Some may realize that their priorities were all wrong — centered on selfishness and greed.
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” — Og Mandino
Life Had Become Manic
Lets be frank, life had become disturbingly surreal. Mankind was obsessed with self: more stuff, more fame, more wealth, more junk, more power…more of the very things that never bring true happiness. We surfed the web, taking selfie after selfie, posting, tweeting, texting, talking…manically racing around, but never feeling accomplished or good. We were killing the planet…yes, factually, we have been. We hunted innocent animals, we let petty politics consume us and we vilified those different from ourselves. We put obscenely paid actors and athletes on a pedestal, while we tore down the real heroes of this world. We preached and judged and we condemned without thought. Face it, we were on a downward spiral and deep down, we know that to be true.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” — Mother Teresa
The Time Has Come
This tribulation will pass. During this trial however, let us all do deep soul-searching. Let us open our hearts and our minds and look within. This is the time for a great awakening — a re-birth of sorts. Life is precious and no one man is better than the next. No animal deserves to be harmed. Nature deserves our respect and care. This earth is our home and everyone who lives on this rock has as much right to be here as you or I. We are not meant to conquer and pillage like ancient Vikings…we are meant to live in peace and harmony and that is what we should strive to do. Our priorities shouldn’t be to spend hours on vacuous social media sites or sitting to watch some ridiculous “reality” TV show. Our priority should be to live a good, positive and productive life. Our priority should be to treat others how we our self wish to be treated.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou
Let Love Rule
Love is the greatest power we have. If we finally let that love flow freely, can you imagine how quickly our world would be healed? We are seeing so much giving and kindness during this crisis and that is what we need to expand on — to keep that after this is all over and get rid of the hubris, greed and anger. I pray that what we learn from all of this is that we need to slow down a bit. Its my hope that we have an epiphany and wake up to the truth that life should be savored, preserved and celebrated and that includes animals and nature.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” — Albert Einstein
For those among us who haven’t yet done some soul-searching, use this time to try. Look inside and be prepared to answer honestly: “Am I a good person? Am I living the life I want for myself and my family? Am I contributing something of real value to this world? Am I kind? Am I generous? Am I fair?”
“Confidence thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. — 1 Corinthians 13:4-8