The coronavirus has brought massive change to the world. Fear and worry often go hand in hand with any significant change, especially when impacts to human health and the global economy are as far-reaching as they have been to date.

This is why it is now more important than ever to spread the love. Our children are watching us. They will absorb our fears, they will internalise our worries. So it’s time for us to lead the way in showing gratitude for what we have, compassion for all those who have been impacted far more than us, and look for all the silver linings, because there are many.

This morning my girls and I brainstormed aspects to be grateful for, and I wanted to share them with you:

  • As there is a significant reduction in planes in the sky (I’ve been told there are around 40% fewer flights) it means clearer, bluer skies.
  • The significant reduction in cruise ships means less pollution in the water, allowing marine life to recover.
  • It’s a great opportunity to learn about how viruses spread and learn what we need to do to improve our hygiene practices to minimise risk of contraction.
  • It’s a wonderful time to connect with family and return to enjoying the simple things in life, like walks in the park.
  • It’s been heartening to see world leaders come together, share information and take efficient, affirmative action to slow the spread of the virus.
  • It has made us think about all the families behind the businesses that are being heavily impacted by the economic downturn: from global corporations right through to small mum and dad operations, there are people whose livelihoods are at stake.
  • It has reminded us to send our love to all the people around the world who have contracted the virus and may be feeling scared and alone.
  • And it has reminded us to be grateful to all our healthcare workers. These people expose themselves to risk of contraction, not just of the coronavirus, but all communicable diseases, so they can care for us when we need it most.

I’m sure there are many more points we have not thought of yet so if you have any you’d like to add to this list, please do!  It’s time to spread the love, be grateful for what we have and feel compassion for those who are doing it extra tough. Share this with your children so they learn to approach this challenge, and all future life challenges with love, compassion, and pro-active logic.

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