This is a terrible time for many of us. We’re locked in our homes. Our jobs are at risk or already lost. We worry for our loved ones. We ourselves may even be at risk.
But I can’t help but notice something else in the air amid all our fear and sadness. People are acting differently. When I’m out walking, everyone says hi to one another, when before they’d look away. As a society, we are talking more openly about drastic measures to protect the most vulnerable that a few weeks ago were labelled as “radical.” Many, if not most of us, seem to be embracing a new sense of kindness and solidarity.
It’s a change moment. Our everyday life is so disrupted that we can look at ourselves and our society from a fresh perspective. It reminds us of what is truly important. It affords us an opportunity to create a new normal.