In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are anxious and scared. Street interviews with people on television news revealed that they freely admitted that they were afraid of being there, both men and women, old and young.
Being afraid doesn’t mean you don’t have courage. People who get up and go to stores to buy supplies show courage despite their fear. And, of course, doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are showing another level of courage and care.
But despite fear and sadness, we must not lose sight of the future beyond this pandemic. There is life again later. There will be fun and happiness, running and jumping, picnics and walks. Yes, it’s coming!
Life is usually waves of joy, sadness, joy again. Tragedy strikes unexpectedly, we cry and we have a heavy heart, but it rises and we see the sun again, and life recovers its color and our hearts its lightness.
My grandmother was pregnant when the 1918-1920 Spanish flu pandemic hit her community, and she gave birth to my dad in 1919 at a chaotic time when hospitals and staff were overwhelmed by the sick. My dad was premature and they put him in a shoe box because the nurses thought he was dead, a baby with the flu. But it wasn’t, and a nurse noticed it, and she lived to get married, to have me as a son and three daughters. He had a happy married life, and our house was always full of laughter and fun times. We had grandparents and many uncles and aunts who used to visit and we had good times. My childhood was one of the best, and I always remember it with good memories.
Do you see how tragedy, chaos, anxiety and fear melt and forget? And the sadness and difficulties of this time will also disappear like the morning mist, and on that glorious new day, will you think of the mist that was? I do not think so! And here’s the thing: the bad times will pass. The good times will return. Not only that, but because of the difficult times that people have endured, the world will be a better and kinder place.
So don’t despair! Don’t give up. It’s dark, yes. But it dawns. It is sad yes. But the joy is bubbling underneath. As we focus on all the terrible things that happen, we miss the passing butterfly. We do not see new green leaves sprouting, prophesying new life and new growth under our noses. Look around you, like a panner searching your gravel pan for that golden glow, and you will find the good and the beautiful around you. Listen to the birds singing outside. In your apartment blocks, hear the murmurs of people moving, talking, making noise, all signs of life! Life that will soon explode again in the wide world, filling us with noise and activity, fun and excitement! And silent cups of tea with a book in the shade of a tree. Don’t be sad, be patient.
If you’ve been thinking about taking your life. Please don’t leave us. We are all the people you will help in the future, with whom you will be kind. You are precious and needy. We need you. You can make a difference in this world with just one act of kindness towards a suffering person, as if you are hurting him now. You are not alone in this. Stay with us and transmit the virus of goodness, which is very infectious. Let that be your mission, and let nothing stop you from doing it. You will see how your sadness will disappear!
So let us all endure this time of having courage and perseverance for one more time. Get ready for the bright dawn that is surely approaching!
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