These are life-changing moments, but they are also linked to sadness because this will change many families, and our thoughts go out to everyone directly affected by today’s situation.
But, in the midst of this chaos, this can also be an opportunity for good things to happen.
Over this last 20-30 years the world has been going head-long into hunting for money and possessions, but suddenly out of the blue here’s a reality check. Now we’re thinking about each other, especially children, families and friends.
People are also re-connecting with the planet on which we live. We have started thinking more about nature and wildlife and have witnessed unexpected positive results. By reducing our negative activities in places such as Venice we have seen clean canals for the first time in many decades; smog has disappeared in big cities; pollution levels have dropped dramatically across the world.
The sad thing would be that we learn nothing from this and go back to where we were before – thinking only about ourselves and not caring and thinking about what really matters in life.
I remain optimistic – in recent years I have met so many truly genuine and wonderful people who felt that they were alone, with no one listening, and no one really caring. And then they linked up with all sorts of like-minded people they had no idea existed. This must be the same everywhere around the world.
In the very near future, here is a precious and rare opportunity for the people of the world to unite and genuinely make things happen for the better. I really hope so.
And the best thing of all? A massive party one day in the coming weeks and months to celebrate children, family, friends and this truly beautiful earth.