The world is a very different place from a few weeks ago, even from last week. Unbelievably, even the streets of Mumbai are deserted as India goes into lockdown and I have never seen our local towns so quiet. Yet, in the middle of all this uncertainty, we find acts of kindness and sacrifice and people coming together in, what was previously, unthinkable ways.
Example of kindness can be large, for example the self-sacrifice of the Italian priest who gave his respirator, and subsequently his life, for someone younger that he did not even know. Or they can be smaller, but no less meaningful to someone, like phoning an elderly neighbour to check if they are all right.
Some of you may know of our daughter Cassia who blogs for Bottled Up sometimes. She is in the vulnerable category; because of fibromyalgia and lives nearly 200 miles away from us. In the last two days, the people in her street have created a Facebook page to look after each other emotionally and practically, which really reduces some of the worry that we had about her. What is amazing about that street is that, as is the case in many cities, before this crisis they had never even spoken to each other.
Our world is changing! We are being forced to examine our needs and to adapt. At, or near, the top of our list of our needs is unity and partnership. It is ironic, that in this time of social isolation, the old adage “No man is an island” has never been more true! Yesterday’s strangers are today’s friends and tomorrow’s saviours.
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Leave us a message here about any acts of kindness happening in your area or elsewhere. It would be great to have some good news as an antidote to the doom, gloom and panic of the media. Feel free to give a shout out to anyone who you think deserve to be thanked.