I talked with a friend last week who is an ER nurse in a Vancouver Hospital. She talked about how honoured she was that people were grateful for her work, but, felt that ALL Canadians were acting heroically right now.
She said "Do you know how much easier Canadians are making MY job, and how much healthier they are keeping people in vulnerable positions?"
That gave me pause. Sure, we can say "What? I get to stay home and watch Netflix! That's not heroic!" But, if we take my friend's perspective, we could also choose to see that we ARE giving up many freedoms to save lives. She said "So many people are in tough positions - losing jobs, taking care of kids, no school, trying to work, not being able to find work, worried about money, and not having the normal supports they usually do."
This IS a collective action by Canadians to protect ourselves and each other.
In fact, this might be the largest act of compassion Canadians have shown in my lifetime. And - we are acting with such empathy while being more disconnected than ever before.
So - I am going to remember that we are ALL important - whether we are on the front-lines, or in our homes... I am going to take this as re-reminder that at our cores, we are good - and, in this moment of crisis, love is flowing.
Kathleen is an anti-bullying specialist, a conflict coach, a teacher, mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend...