Living in the midst of a pandemic has heightened levels of personal hygiene to unprecedented levels. We are (meant to be) forever washing or sanitising our hands, cleaning work surfaces and wiping down communal areas. We catch and bin our sneezes and sniffles and follow many other catchy slogans in order to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and well. The slightest cough and we panic. It’s a scary, unpredictable time fighting a relentless, tireless, invisible enemy.
But what if it weren’t invisible? What if we could see COVID-19? Say it were a fluorescent green dye that we could easily navigate? I’m not touching that door handle or getting on that train, the gooey green virus is plastered all over it. We would have one up on our microscopic foe and could combat its global spread as easily as scrubbing a pair of muddy football boots. The war would be over in no time and we could all return to normal life.
If only life were that simple. Unfortunately a lot of the ‘bad stuff’ in life is invisible to the human eye. Many of us are struggling with unseen or hidden problems which consume our lives and drive us to the brink of despair. If you could see a person was battling addiction, suicidal thoughts or mental illness would you intervene and help them? Or would you simply look the other way and avoid them like the plague? Or virus in today’s parlance.
Never judge a book by its cover and equally never assume that you know another or what they are going through. There’s a solution to this and it’s not rocket science nor will you find it in a top secret laboratory. It’s called being attentive and kind to your loved ones. I know it’s an area of my life I can do so much better in. I might not be able to look into people’s souls but I can do everything within my power to minimise the damage I cause others. Be kind today…and stay safe: