When was the last time someone you loved told you they are proud of you?
My daughter paid me this heartfelt compliment a few days ago. Besides being a nice thing to hear, it struck me how impactful it can be when delivered at the right time.
In such unpredictable times, as we live in there is already a heightened sense of urgency around survival. We’ve been laid bare in how vulnerable we are as a species. Our fallibility as human’s exposed. The planet surprised us with how quickly it can recuperate if we just leave it alone. We’ve been left horrified at how our lives changed in an instant.
The loss of life is never okay.
The impact is felt by many families, and many more will be for some time. When we add businesses closing, people losing their jobs, salaries cut, and most folks in some form of distress, there is little else to consume our thoughts.
South Africa is facing a bleak economic future, of that there is no doubt. The worldwide Covid-19 crisis will have a far greater impact on our country due to our dire economic situation before its arrival. Add deep socio-economic problems, together with our tragic historic past, and compound it with 26 years under a mostly inept government, the situation is not good.
These now systemic problems, us citizens will have to carry into a tenuous future. But lying down and playing dead is not an option.
Finding a silver lining in times like these seems almost impossible.
But it is possible.
I have found people to be more loving, kind, empathetic and compassionate than any other time. People have seen how we have failed the vulnerable in the past and want to change that. People have found that relying on the world is folly; but relying on God, family and friends is far more fulfilling and rewarding.
I am blessed to be employed and understand with that comes a responsibility. Wherever possible, to assist the vulnerable and use my privileged position to be a blessing.
It would be a tragedy not to use the current situation in the world, and especially in South Africa, to make things better for everyone. Each of us could use this time to make a small dent on everything that was wrong about the past. Start doing something we have never done before, but always wanted to. Now is the time to reach out to your fellow citizens in need and offer a helping hand.
“Love you so much. I’m so proud of you!”
These encouraging words from my daughter let me know I’m on the right path. Though I had been vulnerable, she saw it as brave. We all have the chance to make a difference, especially in these uncertain times.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Have an awesome weekend and be generous! 😄
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