There's no question 2020 has been a trying year for most of us. We've suffered through a long stretch of bad events where each on its own would be life-changing. To experience all of them in one year has been devastating.
The Pandemic has created stress for everyone. As our families hunker down in quarantine, medical professionals have been on the front line battling a war. Since hospitals could not allow visitors, patients were dying without having loved ones with them. Unemployment reached all-time highs with small businesses and the self employed left without ways to support themselves.
Political Unrest - As states nervously began opening up businesses with precautions to social distance and wear masks, controversy started regarding masks. Even though there are laws about wearing seat belts, helmets, and shirts & shoes in public, encouragement to wear masks in order to stop the spread of disease and enable businesses to stay open went too far for some people. Since our president would not wear a mask in public, the ideas of wearing a mask and the overall seriousness of the virus became political issues. Immediately people took sides and the situation got ugly, all for a precaution that enables us to move forward.
In addition to the pandemic, we've had natural disasters too. There were devastating tornadoes in Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. There's been extreme flooding in Michigan and many of our southern states. Around the world we've seen earthquakes, cyclones, hurricanes, fires, and volcanoes that have all been deadly.
And if all that isn't enough, we've had protests and rioting from the murder of George Floyd. What started as an inconceivable act from a Minnesota police officer, became a Black Lives Matter message that has been heard across the globe. Although most have been peaceful protests, some protesting developed into lots of yelling, lots of destruction, tear gas, frustration, anger, confusion . . . Hate.
So where is love in all of this?
LoveAmongUs.com has shared many stories about love during the pandemic. There's been stories about people delivering food to those who couldn't get out or didn't have the means to buy food due to job loss. There are countless stories about medical professionals sitting with Corona patients who were scared and had no family to be with them. There are stories about restaurants honoring medical professionals by bringing them meals, and cities applauding doctors and nurses as they finished their shifts. Love has definitely been prevalent as we've lived through Covid-19.
But what about the protests? Where could there possibly be love there?
If you think about it, the whole reason for protesting is love. It's about seeing an injustice and caring enough to protest against it. The act of peaceful protesting in honor of George Floyd is an act of love. People who never knew George, have protested against the actions that led to his murder. "Black Lives Matter" has drawn protesters who are not just African American, itWhite, 's drawn Asian, Latino, Indian, older people, children, etc. These protests, about police brutality and race, have been supported by the Human Race - people all coming together against police brutality and to insist that Black Lives Matter. Ultimately, these actions will result in much needed change. That is Love.
And in the midst of the protests, there were many acts of kindness - so many that the Today show ran a story on it (See Video). Time and time again we saw where love, through acts of kindness rather than force, resulted in positive change. Below are some of the stories not seen on Today:
2020 is not over. We are seeing Corona virus cases surge again. As we move closer to the elections in November, most likely we will see more political division than ever before. Hurricane season has just begun and many experts anticipate a bad year. We're going to need love to get through this. In a world where you can be anything, please choose to be kind. Choose Love.