“Truth! There are very few commodities in the world right now more precious than hope and optimism!” – #Futurist Jim Carroll
I posted this original photo just one month ago, on March 5, as the global meltdown began and the scope and speed of the pandemic became clear.
Little did we know.
I returned to the quote the other day when I filmed a clip about leadership – you can find it here:
But I’m revisiting the quote again today because I think we need to keep things in perspective.
My personal circumstances are that, thought rather unemployed, I seem to be in fighting form, as fit as I might be when I once day catch this thing. I’m healthy, trying to keep busy, and in a small circle within a big home. Yesterday I rolled off a 25km or 18 mile bike ride with my son in under an hour. I’m in fighting form, I hope!
And I have it so easy compared to others.
One of my little sisters is in a hospital room – her husband, with leukaemia, had a bone marrow transplant mid month. They are fighting a lonely battle, alone, in a single hospital room.
Given that the procedure basically destroys his immune system, the plan was to keep him in isolation. Now, that is more critical than ever.
She had a choice – leave him and not come back due to Covid-19 – or stay with him. She chose the latter. She has now been in that single hospital room, with only a bathroom for respite, for almost 3 weeks.
She wrote to me yesterday with her thoughts. I keep going back to the message – it is hope and love that guides her through her day.
My mind cannot begin to comprehend the depths of despair she might struggle with on a daily basis; hope and optimism, really, is all she has.
And so this phrase ran through my mind a lot yesterday, & I’m sending it out to her again today. I’m thinking of you Kathy!
For all of us who might complain about the inconveniences we might find ourselves in on any day, let us remember that there are those who are fighting a far more complex battle than we might ever imagine.