When our TV screens were flooded some months ago with painful images of people struggling to breathe and beat an unknown virus, the world was filled with anguish, horror and panic. At the time, people could relate to the news reports because it could be them next. However, so often we flick channels with little thought when we see war stricken images of people dying of hunger, thirst, poverty and violence; women and children being raped, abused and sold because we think that cannot happen to us. But Covid taught us otherwise – it gave a very deep and powerful lesson about our coexistence as a race.
As 2020 almost comes to a close, I contemplate with deep gratitude a year that put us on the brink of an extreme test of resilience. We learnt about finding strength and understanding fragility, we learnt about quiet acceptance and not giving in. We also learnt that there are consequences to all actions whether our own or others. We learnt that we may be individuals but we are part of collective story. We learnt to stay home and appreciate the little things just as we learnt to realise the freedoms that come from being human that we so often took for granted.
We understood the things that truly matter and the things that we are ready to fight for, even as we readied ourselves to let go of what we thought was once important. The year taught us to see the often unseen in the people we cherish…. the love, the fears, the strength, the faith, the inspiration… and in it all it taught us again and again about gratitude.
I truly am grateful for every single day of life that unfolds and I try to be aware every single moment not to take this gift for granted. It is so easy to lose sight of the profound awesomeness of our existence, the preciousness of it that it has become increasingly important that I remain grounded in this gratitude.
We have a very powerful gift – that of being human. Ours is a shared humanity and that is something we must not forget. Today if a person suffers or dies of hunger or cold or abandonment, it is our shared failure. 2020 is an awakening call to be grateful for all we have and all we can do.