It’s fairly obvious just how damaging COVID-19 has and continues to be.
People are separated, businesses are closing, economies are failing and most of all, lives are ending prematurely. Arguably, there has never been of anything of this magnitude that has affected us on both a global and yet intrinsically individual level. You see it on the news, you feel it when you open your door.
It’s evident that as we enter an extended lockdown, this virus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We can however, as a nation, a community and as individuals do our part by abiding by the stay at home advice and work to ease the burden on our emergency services. Until such a time that normality can be resumed, with the acceptance that ‘normal’ may be so far removed from our reality that the word itself seems unspeakably lame.
It is within our imposed isolation that we are no doubt dreaming of the simple things we long for; connection, friends, family, drinks out, dare I say going to the gym…..
While day dreaming of a life-less unfortunate I implore you to ask what can be done NOW. Hoping for a better future is in itself, self-defeatist speculation as it implies you have no control. You don’t have to binge TV, eat crap and waste away your days.
You could hold yourself to a higher standard. You could attack your purpose with ferocious abandon. No EXCUSES. No DISTRACTIONS.
COVID-19 is without doubt the biggest crisis most of us have had to face in our lifetime, but it could also be the biggest opportunity.
It’s a chance to stop. Take stock of your life and look deep into your soul. To heal, to read, to learn, to alter the frontier of what you are capable of and shift the paradigms that are holding you back.
It’s a time to acknowledge your community and appreciate the value and role you have within it. To reconnect with your environment and harmonise the disparate industries within your life. To donate your time, your efforts and your humanity to something greater than yourself in whatever capacity you can.
Now is the time to prioritise your physical health and fitness. To dedicate yourself to a daily regime of cooking your food, mindful eating, healthy movement and methodical discipline. There is no better way to be, indirectly of service, than to make yourself the strongest, healthiest version of you.
It’s also a time to take back control of your consciousness.
We have to be cognisant at this time and aware of the situation as it plays out. We need to acknowledge why things are crumbling around us. Our systems and global infrastructures are fragile. Empathise with the fear response and understand people’s vulnerability but don’t give in to negative thoughts. Mistrust and blame are poisonous elements we are subjected to on a daily basis. Resist the temptation to indulge them.
We need to wake up to what we have done in the wake of making money. Our consumer habits and constant need for immediate gratification created the very supply chains we see failing around us. For companies to make more money things became outsourced. An apple from 10,000 miles away is cheaper than one from the local market because we demanded it. As consumers we are short sighted to the reality of our decisions. We want what we want, all day every day 365 days a year and as cheaply as possible.
The opportunities available to us now are too numerous and multifaceted to list in their entirety.
In years to come many of us will look back on COVID-19 and reflect on this time. How do you want to remember it?
It could be the pandemic that shocked the globe. It could also be the catalyst for a groundswell movement that affected real change. For genuine personal growth.
There is likely something that you have been putting off for a while now. Just fucking do it, because as this pandemic has showed you never know what tomorrow may bring.
We might never have another moment to invest in ourselves like this in our lifetime. We have an amazing opportunity to all emerge out of this, more healthy, more empowered, more capable, more humble and in a better position to design our futures.
You, of course, you don’t have to do any of this. There is no one to hold you accountable to what you do or don’t do. No recourse. No penance. No shame. Only the promise of something better. We WILL get through this. We WILL come together. Sometimes, sadly, we simply require being shown a negative to see the positive.
If you doubt what you can achieve, look to those people who haven’t stopped during this crisis.
The NHS staff, the volunteers, the carers, the drivers the people who have kept us alive; they are your neighbours, your friends, your family, your support network. Ordinary people who do extraordinary things because they were called to serve a higher purpose. To those people we will never be able to thank you enough for what you have and continue to do.
For the reader i’ll leave you with a quote by Reinhold Niebuhr;
‘Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference
Stay safe, stay healthy, stay at home and from everyone at SPC we wish you the very best for you and your loved ones.