• Caroline Ruivo

Covid-19 is teaching us something

If we want to truly appreciate the beauty in our everyday lives then we need to acknowledge its counterpart: Ugliness. What can be defined as "ugly"? Is it solely a person's appearance or is it also an inward quality? We know that ugliness is not only attached to people because the mood in a room can turn ugly, for example.

In that case, the coronavirus is ugly. Not only has it resulted in millions of deaths but it continues to cause turmoil that has a ripple effect on everything from personal relationships to economic disturbances to rumors of world wars. Yes, Covid-19 and its variants bring a lot of distress into our lives.

Okay, let's take a step back for a moment and really analyze the virus. In the midst of all of this "ugliness" and all of the confusion that still remains, there is this very discreet silver lining that exists: Have you noticed that the world has slowed down drastically?

We are being forced to actively find the beauty that's still around us because at this point that is really all we have! We are even being challenged to find humour in our everyday lives to help soothe our collective anxiety (Think: TikTok) or find creative ways to work from home. We are simplifying our lives, getting down to the basics, and building resilience.

Reflection Question: With all of the sadness and ugliness that permeates the news, have you noticed any positive changes in your own life since the beginning of the pandemic?

Stay safe and be well.

Photo by Tatiana Syrikova