I had lunch in a cafe today. Not something worth noting six months ago, but it was only as I stirred my coffee in real gratitude that I realised how much I appreciated this simple freedom. While the world still teeters on the brink of shutdowns and reopens, the simple act of drinking a coffee becomes a miracle of pleasure.
Perhaps that is what we will learn from this time. Fingers crossed for a vaccine soon, but what then? Shall we go back to our heedless pursuit of economic growth that is destroying the earth? Take back up the habits that cause such grief? Continue the mindsets that have marginalised whole groups of people, made them invisible to medical aid, to good jobs and a decent life?
With our arms smarting from the needle, I hope we will remember. The small things that brought us joy – a coffee, the sound of birds chirping, the sight of wildlife returning in the quiet times. Take into our hearts the simple things. The need for less things that clutter our homes and our hearts, while they empty out purses and consume resources.
But I hope we have room to change the big things too. Work to make the world a fairer place for all species, not just humans. A cleaner, safer planet for all, no matter what we look like, what species we are or where we live. Striving together to make the future a better one for all.
Cindy Tomamichel is a multi genre author, with her SMP series Druid’s Portal a time travel action adventure romance set in Roman Britain. Short stories of fantasy, scifi and romance can be found on her website, where she blogs on aspects of world building. Her latest release -The Organized Author – provides much needed help for authors trying to navigate social media and build an author platform.
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