Submitted by:  Brittany Glen

This is my perspective…

If you were to ever sit and ponder on the thought of life like I did, you’d be mind blown.

You see, this life is an exceptional one, except it only takes a virus that almost wipes out the world, cripples economies, instills a huge amount of fear into you and then steals that very freedom you once took for granted and pressed pause for a moment only for you to realise it.

Wake up?  Yes.  To the fact that maybe living a humble life and giving back to those less fortunate than us, will be the greatest change this world will see.

Pause…

And then there’s more…

More time for your family.  More time for YOU.  More time for the ONES YOU LOVE.

More time to appreciate the smaller things we forgot about because there were more pressing issues, like status, wealth and success.  We never had time to appreciate the smaller things in life that got lost in the crowd of money makers and status approved robots.  When there’s no money to be made and the very moment we find ourselves sitting in silence, is when we actually wake up.

Wake up?  Yes.  To the fact that maybe living a humble life and giving back to those less fortunate than us, will be the greatest change this world will see.

Where not everyone is fighting to get to the top, but instead pulling one another up with them.

Suddenly we are a lot smaller in the greater scheme of things.  The not knowing.  The uncertainty.  Suddenly you find yourself in a deeper thought about what life actually is.  What does this all mean?

You’re almost forced to sit with yourself and be faced with every thought you tried escaping through socialising and the daily grind.  Such activities that blurred out many issues forced back under water.

Money doesn’t buy you everything.  Humanity and kindness are priceless. 

Not so easy all of a sudden?  But maybe it is.  Maybe human beings will open their eyes and their hearts to camaraderie that happens every day.  To supporting “thy neighbour”……and appreciating the underdogs.

You see, just because you think you’re on top, doesn’t mean you have the world at your feet.

Money doesn’t buy you everything.  Humanity and kindness are priceless.  So if you think you may have all they money in the world, and you don’t take the time to truly be present and look at the people around you that are less fortunate, with no empathy…you’re infinitely poor.

Although I have not walked miles in another’s shoes, I feel as though I can empathise towards them with feelings that overwhelm me.  Not because there is pity or shame felt towards them, but because the story they may have to tell is a “Fight Song” melody.  A daily struggle and constant hustle, and sometimes with no appreciation from the people they serve.  Literally.

Love is a side effect of compassion.

What breaks my heart the most is that the people who’ve gone without, will suffer the most.  The people who are the main backbone of a business, that without them, there’d be none.

Love is a side effect of compassion.  We all need to give in order to get.  And we all need to rise above our fears and what the future may hold for the benefit of whatever is to come.

Ngiyakuthanda South Africa.

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