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Come together right now | Lucy’s Blog

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Apr 16, 2020
Image credit: Gang Of Babes Photography

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Our world is changing, almost hourly. 

Can you feel that? The rapid change. We really don’t know how this is going to play out. We can study those graphs, and crunch the numbers, but they are all educated guesses. Life is changing as we know it. Minute by Minute.

BUT… something else is happening… can you sense that too? There is a new sense of oneness. We are coming together as community. 

I absolutely love the Franciscan friar Richard Rohr. He is my favourite author, and he’s been writing some beautiful things at the moment regarding this pandemic. 

He recently wrote, “We are in the midst of a highly teachable moment… We have a chance to go deep, and to go broad. Globally, we’re in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering, which… always leads to great love.” 

Wow. That hits my soul. This CAN lead to great love at the end of it all. Imagine us emerging kinder, more patient, knowing more about how to care for each other, and how to care for ourselves. Imagine that.

I was reading an article recently which said “When people experience adversity – research shows their relationship with the world changes. Often, adversity may help us experience a new appreciation of life, improve our relationships with others, and help us gain personal strength. In other words, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” https://theconversation.com/facing-the-coronavirus-crisis-together-could-lead-to-positive-psychological-growth-134289

What an amazing fact. For me, it’s so encouraging to try and see some good come out of such an awful situation. To see the positive in what has been one of the most traumatic times in recent history. And to do it collectively, as a state, a country, as the whole world. There’s also research that shows there are benefits to facing a crisis collectively, compared to people who experience it alone. “Social support during times of trauma can lead to better emotional health and less severe stress reactions in the long term.” This can only be a good thing. 

But, like anything, we have to BE the change we want to see in the world. If we want to see a kinder world after this, then it starts with us and it starts now. We can be kinder. To ourselves, to our family. When we are out walking, look someone in the eye and say hello. Ask the checkout boy how he’s going, how he’s really going, and thank him for what he’s doing. Engage people with kindness on social media, think before you type. When you’re Skyping with a girlfriend, make sure kindness is at the forefront of your mind. 

As Richard Rohr said above, let’s hope and pray this time in human history “leads to great love.” 

Lucy 

P.S I would love to hear you stories about your community coming together – email them to me here so I can let Melbourne know what’s happening in our own backyard… Drop me a line at breakfast@positivemedia.com.au