What brought me to write this post?
Today was a wonderful beautiful day here in Montreal. A warm day of spring, with a mix between clouds and sun. Days like this, invite us to leave our homes and explore what the city would have prepared for its citizens, typically outdoor activities to enjoy the intense but short four months of warm temperatures late spring and summer would offer us. But we aren’t living a regular spring this year, COVID-19 outbreak has changed it all for good.
The good news is that, for me and our neighbors, exploring the city has turned into decorating our interconnected back yards with colorful flowers, summer chairs and tables. It has also created a new sentiment of getting to know each other, that wasn’t there before all this started. We are all making efforts to connect, by waving hands, smiling and saying hello every time we cross paths.
I have learned that …
- I am grateful for entering into this new era, where somehow we need each other.
- What a great opportunity to connect and learn from others around us.
- My neighbors are very nice people 🙂
That makes me wonder…
- Are these signs of empathy?
- Has people’s culture started to change for good?
- There is a change of habits I can see on people. How long would it last?
- Are we getting closer to each other and finally getting that we are greater together?
My invitation is to find ways to connect with those around you
Here some reflections I have for you today:
- What are the names of your neighbors? How many kids do they have? What do they do for a living?
- What has changed in yourself since confinement started?
- How has your relationship with others been impacted? Is it better or worse than before?
- Think about it: if you were closer to the people who lives around you:
- What would be different in your neighborhood, community, city, country, world?
Please stay at home, take a deep breath, keep yourself safe, and remember that:
No matter what happens, I strongly believe that we are incredibly better together!