What are you grateful for?

Updated: May 10, 2020

When I wrote the last post here, I definitely did not see our collective lives so disrupted, that at this time, a month later, I will still be writing about COVID-19, still working from home. Many people have lost their lives, and loved ones alive still grieve. Livelihoods have been disrupted, and the economy is struggling. No matter how it seems though, I’ve always believed that in the midst of uncertainty and anxiety, gratitude is a healing balm and a shining light.

A few days ago, I wrote ten things I'm grateful for, and I want to share them with you.

I’m grateful the virus isn't more fatal than it already is:

Although a lot of people have died from this, I'm so grateful that the mortality rate of this disease isn’t higher. I imagine what the world will be like, the conversations we will have if this was say a 90% mortality rate. I wish it didn’t have to kill anyone at all, but i am grateful that it isn’t more fatal than it already is. This is something to be grateful for.

I’m grateful we have some information on this virus even before now:

This virus is a similar strain to other COVIDs, and this means doctors have some information on how it acts. Imagine if they had to start understanding it from scratch? That’s more lives lost and prolonged effect on the economy, livelihoods and peoples’ lives. I’m grateful that we had something to work with from previous strains that helps researchers find a cure quickly.

I’m grateful for mobile technology:

Human connection is a strong need. The brain atrophies in isolation and I'm glad that mobile technology exists for us to talk with our loved ones at the dial of a button. Earn income, and be part of a community. Can you imagine the world right now without being able to speak with your loved ones, see them on video, the anxiety of not knowing if they are okay or not. I’m grateful for the presence of mobile technology.

I’m grateful for the collective kindness of people, organisations, governments:

In the past weeks i have seen human kindness and interventions spring up in an agile, forceful and beautiful way. I love it. I’m grateful for the generosity and kindness of people who look out for their neighbors and friends, organizations who have sprung up to action doing whatever they can, to whoever they can. These I believe go such a long way, because so many people rely entirely on that help at this time. I’m so grateful for this.

I’m grateful that some places have flattened the curve:

China, South Korea, even Italy is beginning to record lower cases to date. For all of these I'm grateful. I’m grateful that we can see a path to reducing the impact of the virus on people, and economies. I’m grateful that we have some light at the end of the tunnel of actual geographies who are rising above this.

I’m grateful we acted quickly:

In an alternate reality, we didn’t react to this as quickly. There was no lockdown or social distancing measure and the virus spread much more than it has now, killing much more than it has now. I’m grateful that is not our reality. Grateful for the lives saved from the measures instituted to date.

I’m grateful my family and friends are okay:

I’m happy my friends and family are okay and well during this period. I do not take this for granted. I pray for those who have friends and families affected by this virus for healing, and strength.

I’m grateful the virus isn't airborne:

Just imagine what the world will be like? I'm glad it isn't airborne and at least there is some level of contact required for transmission. I'm really grateful for this.

I’m grateful that research is at an advanced stage:

Two days ago, Oxford announced that human trials have begun for a vaccine. This is a very advanced stage of any research and gives some hope that we are closer to a cure. I’m grateful for that.

I'm grateful that the world is healing:

With significant declines in carbon emission, mother nature might be healing alongside with us. Air pollution has plummeted, earth vibrations have reduced. In Brussels, there is an up to 50% reduction in ambient seismic noise.

It might seem like being grateful at this time is a betrayal to how serious this is, but i think it is important that we think positively during these times. Gratitude will help us see the light we most desperately need.

So, what are you grateful for?

Stay Safe and Chat Soon.


Maria Ro


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