As humans, we can all appreciate the concept of balance.
For all of the ‘bad’ of the coronavirus, there must surely be some ‘good’ - or, at the very least, a few positive ways to reframe this crisis. Amidst the frenzy and the fear, the power lies with each of us to remain calm, present and connected to our minds & bodies.
Panic serves no one, but positivity and recognising opportunities for growth can go a long way in getting us through this turbulent period in world history.
So, let's look at the 'good' that can come from this difficult situation our world is facing...
The Common Good
The coronavirus is an equaliser for every person from every country - we all feel the same fear and vulnerability right now. Political parties are setting aside their differences to work together for the greater good, and people are uniting as a global community to share resources, information, conversation & kindness.
In Good Health
Individuals are being specifically tasked with taking proper care of their (too often neglected) health. Eat more fruit & vegetables, sleep well, wash your hands regularly, drink lots of water, exercise, stress less - your life and the lives of others depends on it.
A Good Pace
Stuck at home as you self isolate or socially distance? There’s never been a better opportunity to read a new book, or clear out your wardrobe, or try that one recipe, or pull out the yoga mat, or treat yourself to a face mask... Take this time to re-evaluate and recalibrate when it comes to your lifestyle choices.
Less planes, cars and big industry means our carbon footprint is lighter than ever in recent history. Satellite images show disappearing clouds of toxic gas in Chinese cities, revealing long forgotten blue skies from the ground.This time is a rare opportunity to recognise and re-evaluate the impact of our modern world on mother nature.
Whether it's age, location, wellbeing, assets, friends or family, people are taking stock of what they are grateful for. Many who are in good health are opting to stay home to avoid spreading the virus to the elderly and the immunocompromised - adopting 'we' not 'me' mentality.
Let us try and change our perspective and see the light that can come from this situation. Perhaps, we can use this time to replenish ourselves and our world.
Not a bad way to look at the situation, right?