There is a Choice in Front of All of Us

Planet earth with sunrise in space. Earth Day. Vector illustration

I have written about how a new world can emerge from this global crisis–how we are seeing more kindness, compassion and love in the world. A new normal, for many of us, is being off the hamster wheel–giving us time to do the things that find the “we” in things–ways we can do what is best for the higher good. Apart but together.

Those who are working even harder than before are our heroic healthcare workers, our delivery people, our mail carriers, those who work in the food supply chain, including the folks working in our grocery stores. Our state governors are working hard to keep people safe, making hard decisions to ensure that fewer people are exposed to this serious virus. Our own state governor tirelessly keeps us informed and does so much, along with those in his administration, to help flatten the curve, so we will have fewer people stricken, fewer people dying. My heart is full of much gratitude for all these people.

For those of us at home, off the hamster wheel, there is time to look at our lives.  The new normal has required new ways of doing things.  Simplifying–looking at the things that we thought we needed so much and are doing without (easier than maybe we thought). We’re finding a new normal with the time to be a support (even if it is just to make a phone call to check in on someone, letting them know you are thinking of them), or discovering creative ways to express support and love–online or through writing. There is time to cook food at home, look at inventive ways to use resources, conserve, read, write, pray, meditate, examine what is really important in our lives, say, “I love you,” and do self-care to keep ourselves healthy. There is time to self-educate about implicit bias, equity, equality and antiracism.

Within the new normal is an emerging of awareness of what needs to change for a new love-based world.

When things eventually (and, hopefully, safely) start opening up again in the world, let’s not go back to the old normal. No please. During this time there has been a huge opportunity for all of us to work on creating a new world. The old normal was a world where people were so focused on the hamster wheel that there wasn’t this kind of compassion, caring, love, gratitude and generosity expressed so freely by so many. There wasn’t this kind of creativity used in service to others. The old world was a focus on oneself. On consuming and consumerism. What was the newest thing to buy, to have, to experience? The old “business as usual” was broken. The gap is wider than it has ever been between the “haves” and those who are marginalized, the “have nots.” Too many times the best part of us took a backseat to the bottom line.

When things gradually and safely start opening up, let’s create the new normal–awareness of what equity and equality really is, in caring, in serving, in sharing, and in giving. Together we can get through this pandemic and create a new world where we are better people, a better humanity. There is a choice in front of each of us. I’m choosing creating a new normal, a new world in which love, compassion, kindness, and generosity flow freely . What about you?

© Copyright 2020, Mary Claire O’Neal

Mary Claire O’Neal author of the award-winning book, Becoming What You Want to See in the World 

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