I don’t need to tell you that these are challenging times. As many worldwide continue to perish of COVID-19 and its many complications, we’re also bombarded daily with news stories of political malfeasance, human cruelty, and environmental destruction.
The pain felt and uncertainty faced by many of the most vulnerable right now is undeniable, but what is will not always be. Change is a constant, and – though it is perhaps difficult to imagine at present – there will come a time in the future when current events are but a distant memory.
We shouldn’t just move on, however. I remain hopeful that we as individuals, communities, nations, and as a species can find ways of learning from our present circumstances and that we can work towards a better, kinder, greener world, one that helps look after the mental and physical health, education, financial security, and safety of all – not because there is a major public health crisis occuring, but because it is the right thing to do.
What’s more, I hope that we can find ways of balancing the meeting of our own needs with those of the planet as well. (Remember, climate change hasn’t been put on hold while humanity has been busy with other big issues.)
I’m not naive, thinking all this will be easy to achieve. It’s a herculean effort – one that will take time, as well as the dedication and persistence of a great many people. But I believe a better, kinder, greener world for all is worth it, don’t you?
Today’s Monday Mindfulness quote comes from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.