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Third Wave. Third Lockdown.

Hey Party People,

In our big and vast world, it can seem like there are endless traumas and hardships but when we pay attention there are also endless miracles and triumphs. I have continually been hit with the message around the importance of being kind and of being in service to others. Sometimes, more often than we realize people just need a little ray of sunshine. They need someone to show them kindness, to smile at them on the street, to buy them a coffee at the Tim’s drive-thru, to pick up the phone and call them, to bring them OJ when they are sick, to give them a hug when they feel lonely. Acts of kindness have no limits, we as humans are the ones who limit ourselves.

Think about the times when you were struggling, were you not grateful for those who reached out to support you. Perhaps you had the opposite experience and felt more alone than ever, and you needed someone to show up for you and show you kindness. No matter where you are today you can be that ray of hope for others and the bonus is that it will also lift you up in the process. We can start with a simple question,

“How can I help?”

With more restrictions from our provincial government due to skyrocketing case counts – Alberta now has the highest case count in North America – people immediately feel defeated, angry, sad, anxious. The simple mention of restrictions and lockdowns now cause us to plummet into lower vibrations. It’s been a long haul and we keep hearing the end is in sight, yet we keep getting pulled back and each time I think we lose a little more hope.

I want to remind you that there is always hope and kindness inside of you – it’s up to us to find it, feel it, and if we have the energy to share it with others. More and more I am hearing from different people who are struggling, and how much shame they are carrying because they’re falling apart now, as opposed to earlier in the pandemic. Or they just can’t handle another lock-down. Covid fatigue is freaking real… We are now about 14 months into this long pandemic road and each day, week, month, seems to bring with it new challenges.

We have navigated an immense amount of uncertainty, a loss of control, and fear of the unknown when the world first came to a halt. We had no idea what was going to happen or how long this might last. For some the loss of control was devastating, the upheaval of our lives felt unmanageable. But we had to keep going for the sake of our jobs, our families, our City. We kept going. Now as we enter the third wave people are getting tired, and understandably so. We’ve been through a year of never-ending upheaval and falsified hope.