Today, looking around at news media, it would be easy to think the world is doomed. If I were an alien coming in from another planet, I certainly would think this was a planet to be avoided, but it is so not the case really.
Mainstream media has a job to present facts, but more often than not they are presenting opinions, bias and fear, so while we need to know what is happening, especially during a pandemic, we also need encouragement, we need our morale boosting and if mainstream media is unable to do this, we have to go seek it out ourselves.
I had a lovely Easter walk this weekend. I live in the city, so many may think ‘How can I just exercise in the city, it’s so dull?’ but believe me, if you go out looking to be bored and looking for what is wrong in the world, you will be sure to find it.
If I was in that frame of mind I could focus on the disposable gloves and masks littering the ground or I could focus on the blossoms on the trees, the plants growing up through the concrete, the sun shining, the stranger from a distance who says hello, the birds singing. It’s all about our perception and what matters to us the most.
What could matter is filling the feeling of boredom with drama, fear and anxiety created by the media OR alternatively we could choose to face facts, acknowledge that what we read is probably incorrect most of the time and then find other things happening in the world to be glad about and to appreciate.
So, what is happening in the world that we can appreciate right now?
- In India, where this virus is hitting hard and with the challenges in healthcare there, there is some good news if we look for it. A 10-month-old baby, who was the youngest coronavirus patient in Indian state of Karnataka, has recovered and been discharged from hospital.
- In New Delhi, women constables are stitching face masks to give to the poor who cannot afford them
- Himalayan Mountaintops Are Visible for the First Time in 30 Years as Air Pollution Continues to Plummet in India
- More Than 100,000 People Have Already Recovered from the Virus Worldwide. According to research from Johns Hopkins University, more than 100,000 COVID-19 patients have already made full recoveries from the infection—and that number may very well climb ever higher as more and more potential treatments are tested around the world. If that’s not enough, patients as old as 90 have managed to recover from the virus as well.
- A Penguin swims 5,000 miles every year for a reunion with the man who saved its life. Each year Din Din spends approximately eight months with Joao and is believed to spend the rest of the time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.
- A Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been resurrected as a ‘commissary kitchen’ to help feed medical workers and underprivileged New Yorkers. The Eleven Madison Park restaurant in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, named the world’s best restaurant in 2017, closed in mid-March alongside other city eateries … The Michelin three-star restaurant is now making more than 2,000 meals every day for hospital staff and in-need citizens.
- Across the UK, dozens of individuals, academic departments and commercial companies are collaborating to design and manufacture ventilators that could save the lives of people suffering with Covid-19. Many are working around the clock in what’s been described as an unprecedented “wartime effort”.
- The world’s largest animal, the blue whale, has been spotted in “unprecedented numbers” in the waters around Antarctica – a sign that the critically endangered mammal could be staging a comeback
Archie Wilks Beats Coronavirus
Above is Archie Wilks. He’s four years old. Archie just beat coronavirus. He did it despite being in a UK hospital undergoing chemotherapy for a rare form of childhood cancer.
Above is a boy called Quinn who answered a request from local hospitals for help making “ear guards” to take the pressure off medical personnel’s ears from wearing masks all day. He got busy on his 3D printer and has turned out hundreds to donate.
The Queen Inspires
In the UK we need all the morale boosting we can get, because unfortunately, like most global mainstream media, our media is focusing primarily on the negative. We all know deep down that we need encouragement at this time, not greater fear, and fortunately Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth knows exactly how to do that.
The Queen gave a wonderful and uplifting video message of support for the country, but I also feel it has been a support to other countries after hearing feedback from people in USA.
Watch above to hear her inspiration.
And People Sing…
And the songs continue on. The NHS (National Health Service) choir sang a song of hope during the challenges we all face right now.
And as always, the earth is blooming, bees are buzzing, and trees are alive…
On my peaceful walk in my local area, the city of Gloucester, I try to focus on the beauty, no matter how small it is.
Much love to all, what positive news have you got to share?