Finding the Light in the Dark
In these current uncertain times, where the world doesn’t know what will happen next, its very easy to fall into a bleak and negative rhythm.
Habitually watching the news, sensing the fear and lingering on it.
Hearing about people hoarding such things as lysol wipes, soap, and toilet paper. It starts to make one think if they need 3 Costco sized packages to get by as well.
While reason dictates that this is ridiculous and we really should be preparing for two weeks of hunkering down, reason also tends to get thrown out the window when the thought of what seems to be an inevitable quarantine starts to settle.
People are being told to practice social distance, stay away from crowds and avoid going out unnecessarily.
Yet they can also be found in the masses, battling their way through grocery stores and box stores to stock up everything they could need and more. Fighting for parking spots and waiting in lines of an hour or more just to get the things they need, think they need, or maybe just to be part of the hype.
Get togethers, celebrations, weddings, and events are all being called off for the sake of the greater good.
While perhaps a significant number of people who contract Covid-19 may in fact be ok in the end, the real risk lays in who they may transfer the virus too.
Precautions have to be made in order to protect those that may otherwise be unable to protect themselves. The elderly, the immuno-compromised, the young, and those with respiratory issues. These are the people that may take a harder hit than those that are relatively healthy.
Amid all of this negativity and all of this heavy news however, there is some light peaking through.
Communities are pulling together to help each other out.
Those that are quarantined or cannot leave their houses can reach out to their community where volunteers are risking themselves to go out out and get groceries, household goods, prescriptions and medicine. If they are delivering to someone who is infected, they drop items off at their doorsteps or take the necessary precautions to ensure people are still getting what they need.
Educational companies are freeing up their resources and offering online training as schools around the world are facing shut downs.
Communication giants are waiving overage charges so that people can work and live full time from home without fear of going into a data overage charge situation.
Restaurants are moving from eat in services to free delivery to homes so that people can still enjoy a date night from the safety of their own houses.
In Italy they were singing from their balconies in unison. Experiencing a new sort of togetherness while still being apart.
And as companies move to have their employees work from home in an effort to have their work, jobs, and economy still move in some sort of forward momentum, there are companies and industries where this sort of shift just doesn’t work.
In an industry such as security, a new type of donation is arising.
Employees that may hold one or two jobs are relinquishing their hours and shifts to those that may not be so fortunate. They are ‘donating’ their hours to those who rely on their job to get by. People who have a family that depends on these shifts to survive.
While working in security definitely comes with an every day risk, this risk grows in situations like the one we are currently faced with.
And while its uncommon for people to walk towards the problem, and far more likely to turn a blind eye or walk away completely, in security – people are built differently.
We accept that we are there to provide safety to others and cases like this are no different.
Security is needed now more than ever to calm the nerves of those around us and provide some much needed levelness to some people that may be feeling a bit more high strung with this growing pandemic.
If we can all see the light that is peaking through during these dark times, it makes the days a little less heavy.
If we all practice more kindness, and less selfishness, we may just find that while we may be able to survive the storm alone, we will triumph as a community and come out much stronger and further ahead with those around us.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.