Friday Reflection: Navigating the COVID-19 madness

Vicki Bennett believes now is the time to believe in the possibility of a better future.

Woman with medical facial surgical mask on her face, her eyes express anxiety and fear

If we thought the world was mad before, COVID-19 has bought us to a new level of anxiety, uncertainty, fear, overload and what sometimes looks like madness. Lack of certainty and the consequences of fear have engulfed us worldwide. But don’t underestimate the importance of this time for effecting change.

We are tested daily by not understanding or knowing what the outcome of this pandemic and its ramifications will look like. Our collective anxiety around health, economics and survival is skyrocketing. Uncertainty about when the pandemic is going to stop and what we will be left with when it’s over. And on a very personal level, the safety of aged care facilities, concern about economic survival, including our investments and our fears for our children’s and grandchildren’s futures.

Constant uncertainty feeds anxiety. But we still wake up every day and steer our way through what’s in front of us. Let’s not underestimate our individual strength and courage and our collective strength and influence.

How can we connect to a hopeful future? How can we tune into confidence for the future? How can we collectively ride the wave through this?

We need to become more resilient and hopeful. Now is the time for radical hopefulness. Hope is the ability to believe in the possibility of a better future. Hope is optimism and action engaged. Optimism on its own won’t cut it, we need to do something with our optimism.

Many people are helping others in this time of pandemic, reaching out and speaking up more clearly about what they want from the world in the future. One where we can care for each other, look after our community and care lovingly for ourselves.

Our action can be a subtle or as big as we are comfortable with, but each of us can find more ways to be resilient and hopeful. Every little bit of caring for our community, our environment, and our families helps.

Think big but start small.

Do you think we should be hopeful about the future despite the current crises affecting Australia?

Vicki Bennett is the author of The Book of Hope – Antidote for Anxiety, available through www.boolarongpress.com.au

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    Eddy
    4th Sep 2020
    5:07pm
    I am hopeful for the future, I am confident that sooner or later Covid-19 will be an historic episode, like Black Death, Spanish Flu, Polio, smallpox and other scourges which have afflicted mankind over the eons. However the question is when and how and if I will still be alive to witness it. I hope so.
    Franky
    4th Sep 2020
    7:16pm
    the big advantage this event has given us is to reflect. We have the time, at least those of us who have lost their work, to BE, rather than do, transitioning from a human doing to a human being. How comfortable are we with ourselves? Have we distracted ourselves with work at home - the sales figures at Bunnings seem to suggest many have taken that route. What next? Having had the time to listen to many contributions from experts about this virus I tend to believe this whole episode has been pre planned and is more about control and further restriction of personal freedoms. The war on terror was the first event to take away many of our freedoms, and this goes the next step. Like the war on terror this is also not winnable and I am sure many of the restrictions will remain in place from now on, in what the powers to be will call "the new normal". In the bigger picture I believe this is all part of a wake up call to humanity letting us know that we have to change our way of life. Destroying the planet for the sake of economic growth is no longer sustainable nor desirable. As our living standards especially in the West are declining we will pull together with our near and dear ones and start re-creating community. The value of community has come into focus with the social distancing and the health and psychological problems it causes. My hope is that we will emerge from this stronger and with a renewed appreciation of life on this beautiful planet of ours. I was reassured when I saw the huge numbers of people getting out in nature during the lockdown, and many have continued to do so. We urgently need to reconnect with nature if we want to survive on earth. So many positives will come from this situation and I believe it will lead to some major changes in our political and economic systems. We are already seeing a pulling back from the relentless push into globalization, a coming back to producing and buying local, without the huge cost of unnecessary transportation which is so damaging to the environment.
    Incognito
    4th Sep 2020
    11:56pm
    Well said Franky. Meanwhile Scomo is weakening the environmental laws, giving more money to his fossil fuel mates, and passing the buck onto State Premiers instead of stepping up and making the decisions.
    Incognito
    4th Sep 2020
    11:58pm
    I have hope the next generation will wake up and see the corruption that is going on in the world from so called trusted authorities. There is a lot of positive changes happening but media is focused on keeping us all living in fear so we feel threatened, stay quiet and let the Governments, Tech giants and the elite take over more businessess and live richer than ever while the low and middle class lose everything. Sounds like facism to me.
    fish head
    6th Sep 2020
    11:43am
    Legislate to force the media to balance their reporting of positive and negative news instead of the avalanche of negatives we are currently swamped with nightly. (nice pipe dream). Do TV outlets ever stop to consider just WHO is watching the nightly outpouring of doom and gloom which is scaring the kids silly?
    Incognito
    6th Sep 2020
    2:13pm
    Media thrives on bad news, most clicked articles are always the bad ones, you wonder why they exaggerate everything, gone are the days of real news.
    For some relief go to the Goodnewsnetwork.org for some happier stories.


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