There’s nothing like a crisis to provide perspective and a new action plan, is there?
2020 has been a pandemic year full of “impossible to believe it’s possible” politics and insanity, extreme weather, sexism, forest fires, losses, racism, terrorism, quarantines, isolation, chaos, lockdown, not-as-much lockdown, hope of re-opening, pivots, protests, second waves, loss, uncertainty, grief, and change … and on most days, something or some things to be truly outraged about that hit us in real or virtual life.
BUT… at the same time, it has been a year of impeaching the toxic and celebrating the activists, inspiring and resilient businesses, organic growth in the “kind food” sector, frontline workers, heroes and helpers, and a year of slowing down, reevaluating, love, laughter, creativity, care and, most importantly, a commitment to doing better.
It’s time to pause, but it’s also time to take action …everything matters and everything is connected.
Consider your breath, your beliefs, your attitude, your habits and routines, your perspective, what you spend time on, who you spend time with, the things you read, the kind of food you eat, what you wear, the work you do, how often you laugh, how kind you are to others, and how kind you are to yourself. Our individual and collective health is in trouble, and in the moment of crisis and challenge, it can be especially difficult to reframe, refocus, reevaluate, and make change, but it’s time to be responsible … more responsible … and we have this opportunity … now.
It doesn’t seem that we can all agree on much these days, however, none of us want to be here at this time next year. We need to build better systems right across the board … and then we have to keep doing better. Having an open mind is critical. We can all learn to listen more … to ourselves, to others, and to nature. All of this will lead to self-empowerment over complacency … in everything we do everyday. Change isn’t easy, but it’s worth it… right now it’s more critical than ever. There are no easy answers or shortcuts, and simply reading or talking about something will not result in change … taking action does. The way we treat ourselves is the same way we treat our planet and each other.
While there is infinite work for us to do and progress to make, if we make the effort individually and collectively, this is the time to be able to accomplish so much. Life is a gift. Covid is an intervention.
Read our So Long 2020 … It’s Been A Year roundup.