I've always believed that everything happens for a reason. Even during the most challenging circumstances in life. There are no coincidences in this world. This is what I've come to realize during this 'hibernation period' we are experiencing globally. In the beginning when I realized that I had to temporarily close my business, I had my fair share of sadness, denial and disappointment. There were a few tears. But once I started to realize that there were so many other people going through the same thing, I found a lot of comfort that made me feel like I wasn't alone. We are literally all in this together!
So what have I learnt so far during this hibernation experience? I've been doing a lot of soul searching where I'm starting to understand this whole global phenomenon is much bigger than all of us. Mother nature was desperately pleading out for us stop and take a real hard look at the pain and suffering we have caused her. In truth, we need Mother Nature more than she needs us. She has the power to carry on with or without us. She has given us an ultimatum: we either go along for the ride or prove ourselves worthy to try and make a change for the better.
There are so many amazing things that are currently happening around the world since we've given Mother Nature a little breathing space to regenerate and heal. For example, did you know that dolphins and swans have been found swimming around through the canals in Venice? Or that Los Angeles has had the cleanest air ever recorded since March 2020? And, the Himalaya mountains have become visible in the North of India for the first time in 30 YEARS!
But what about the human race? Well, I truly believe that we've also been given a real opportunity here for us to go deep within and discover new things about ourselves. It gives us a chance to be innovative and re-evaluate with how we spend our time - not just as individuals, but also with our loves ones. For example, I've turned into a pro at being a game master in playing checkers, I'm having a blast making funny TikTok videos to make my audience laugh and I now have a notebook full of ideas for online content projects!
I'm also a people observer. Whenever I have an opportunity to do my grocery shopping, my aim is to try to show an act of kindness to people. Even if it's just one person. Whether it be offering my spot in line to the woman with a baby who's standing behind me with less groceries than me at the checkout register. Or even asking the coffee barista at BonBons how her day has been. Sometimes the smallest act of kindness can completely change a person's day. It gives them a glimmer of hope which will then influence them to offer an act of kindness to the next person in their own way. This is called a ripple effect.
Once we push our pride aside and begin to open our eyes to see the BIGGER PICTURE, we then start to discover where the positives in the negatives lie. And once we rise above this adversity, like a phoenix out of the ashes, we will then have a more profound understanding about what truly matters in Life.
At least that's what I hope.