In March of 2020 I had written the following:
I recently heard it said, that all we're being asked to do is stay at home and we'll be heroes. Let's not screw it up this time. I've heard terms like "social distancing" and someone say, "That's really incorrect. It should be called "physical distancing.""
Because I've worked in the "virtual sphere" since 2002, I know how social connections can be established in this computer, this place of non-place where physical boarders and boundaries don't exist. My daughter's Grade 7 teacher had expressed how much she loved teaching online because she didn't have to be involved in crowd control. The kids really wanted to learn and their parents were involved and supportive. Her words came at a time before the smart phones and apps we see today. That was eighteen years ago.
The 2020 upheaval amid Covid-19 has put us all on edge. And how we want to view the current situation, whether as a blessing or a curse, it's clear that the world we live in has changed. As if overnight, old ways of doing things are going out. Not fading out, as would imply a gradual shift, but necessarily blotted out.
Perhaps our collective consciousness is helping to create this shift. Certainly, we see how Canadians can make necessary changes in their lifestyles to support a cleaner environment and healthier communities both here and abroad because what we do, does have an impact on our world and it's amazing to think how our choices as consumers can have such dramatic effects on business and industry. Yes, you do have power. Yes you can be a hero. Just by being still. Strange isn't it?
And yet, many people do not have such options. They must be at their posts and guard their stations whatever those stations may be.
I express my extreme gratitude for those standing guard for all of us. On behalf of The 97 Journal and our many friends around the world,
Be well and be kind. It's not March anymore and we are now reaching into summer. Many things are changing, but these words are not. Be well and be kind.
Sandra El. Watson