It is in times of challenge when human character is questioned most. The COVID-19 Coronavirus is one of those times.
As the world responds
to a situation changing by the minute, and as we progress through the pandemic
confirmed last week by the World Health Organization, we are provided with the
opportunity to see the humanity in life and strive for what is right. All of us will be faced with a Fight or
Flight decision. We cannot control
what others do, but we can control what we do.
In this time of
uncertainty, where the unknown is causing fear and anxiety, let’s pause,
breathe and look at the greater good.
This is not a time to give in to fear and to sacrifice the good of
others for ourselves. It is not a time
to hoard, hate or place blame. It is a
time to show consideration; to act caringly; and to work together to move
through and overcome the challenges we face.
It is a time for our communities, country and world to unite – this
disease knows no boundaries and we must work together to contain, control and
ultimately defeat it.
We all have an
important role to play as we move forward.
We need to remain calm, remain educated and stay informed. We need to think and consider the needs of
others as we move through our daily lives which includes what we purchase and
what we post. We also need to keep
living. For many Canadians, that means
accepting social distancing but still taking advantage of life through walks, human
connection and appropriate communication using social networks.
We will experience a
range of emotions as we transgress through the days and weeks ahead – and that
is normal and to be expected. But let’s
work together to try and make the best decisions that reflect the true human
character and the best traits of humanity. This challenge will pass and let us
know that we played our role in supporting the containment of the virus and in
making decisions that demonstrated living our lives in selfless ways where we
cared for the needs of others the same as ourselves.