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What I see woven in between the layers of fear that this pandemic has brought to us, is the bright and beautiful spotlights of kindness and compassion. I see unity in the separation. I see compassion rise in the sadness.
I see the rise of voices on social media platforms. They are raised in love, support, awareness and also in outrage. When things are dark, the paths to a better more improved light are illuminated.
Through this vibrantly intense contrast of what we, as a society don't want, we see what we do want in our personal lives and in the world we live in. Tolerance for ignorance, fake news, lack of compliance, hoarding and littering of gloves in parking lots has dipped to below zero.
When mass tolerance drops, a momentum of change rises up like a wave in the world. There is a poem that is going around social media today, from the Spanish flu era and it encompasses exactly what is happening now.
The poem was written in 1869, reprinted during 1919 Pandemic. .It was written in 1869 by Kathleen O’Meara:
‘And people stayed home and read books and listened and rested and exercised and made art and played and learned new ways of being and stopped and listened deeper someone meditated someone prayed someone danced someone met their shadow and people began to think differently and people healed and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways, dangerous, meaningless and heartless, even the earth began to heal and when the danger ended and people found each other grieved for the dead people and they made new choices and dreamed of new visions and created new ways of life and healed the earth completely just as they were healed themselves’
Reprinted during Spanish flu Pandemic, 1919
Change through chaos and fear. Change through tragedy, sadness and loss.
The global changes will ripple outward as we as individuals change. It always begins with us. Our values are changing. What we deemed as important has changed. Our priorities have shifted into a different order. This is creating a new template for humanity.
Like the gift of renewal and rebirth from a purging of a forest fire, we will rise up stronger, with robust new roots and flourishing foliage.
....and as we stand still, our wonderful Mother Earth gets to rest as well.
In the stillness she heals.