Life as We Know it

Every day, the world and life as we know it changes from the day before.

We all went through school and learned about evolution and history.

We spent years looking through our ancestors past and dwelled on where it all went wrong for them, while at the same time – promising ourselves that we wouldn’t make the same mistakes as them.

Yet as we continue to grow and evolve, our lives become more complicated, we get more complacent and dare I say it – stubborn.

We live in an age where we no longer have to wait until the next day or week to find out whats happened in the news locally or abroad – life is instantaneous.

The news is instantaneous.

All it takes is for something – almost anything – to happen, and the power of the internet has shared it the world over.

This brings good and bad with it.

We’re no longer living our lives in a relatively oblivious bubble, focusing on our small mundane ‘issues’.

We’re constantly faced with the problems of the entire world.

We find ourselves not just fighting for our own rights or thoughts, we’re fighting for those that live a world away.

The power of community is bigger and stronger than ever.

Positivity and help can move quickly.

However there is generally one thing that moves quicker – and thats the power of negativity.

Negative words, actions and beliefs find their way moving through the world at the speed of light.

If ever we want to do anything, go anywhere, buy anything – a lot of us find ourselves looking online for a review.

And typically, those glaringly negative ones are sitting right up top at the forefront.

Maybe some of them are warranted, and maybe some are based on someones bad day or a simple misunderstanding.

The internet doesn’t care.

As humans we also have a tendency to keep all the good for ourselves. I’m not sure if its the fear of a good thing being ‘found’ so that it might not just be ‘ours’ again, or if putting our happy warm fuzzy feelings out there in the universe may somehow make ourselves more vulnerable.

However if we have one experience that goes slightly awry, we are incredibly quick to not only judge, but ensure that anyone that may ever cross paths with that particular ‘thing’ or establishment, will know all too well about how we felt.

With reviews being so wide spread and readily available, of course it helps with the development of things.

Restaurants and venues find ways to improve or things to continue doing.

Businesses can pinpoint what people really want, and more importantly – what they don’t want.

The demographic continues to make itself easier to be heard by the constant need to update the digital universe with all our thoughts and feelings.

However this isn’t limited to reviews or anything like that, this goes for the news and well – everything – as well.

As we continue to move out of a global pandemic, Mental health issues are on the rise.

And with resources becoming fewer and farther between, most likely driven by a worldwide staffing crisis – support is becoming harder and harder to come by.

In a lot of cases, mental health issues can be relatively mild and by keeping open lines of communication with those around you as well as ensuring you carve out a few minutes for yourself every once in a while – this is all the support we need.

However there are those that need more and are finding it harder and harder to find help.

And when humans tend to fall down a dark hole, they gravitate and dwell on the negativity that can so easily surround them.

Society can feel at times as though its crumbling and these days are no exception.

Especially living in a time where the word ‘parade’ is starting to take on a negative connotation.

Parades are meant to be joyous occasions, fun for family and friends alike.

However it feels as though lately, parades are focusing on the fallen.

Not so much a happy celebration, but a somber reminder that life is incredibly delicate.

We need to support ourselves and each other more than ever.

It can be surprising what goes on behind closed doors, even with those that you think are close.

Offering help, or even a friendly ear can make or break someones day.

And while our individual acts of kindness may not save the world – there is a chance they could help save someones day.

As we close out another week remembering our neighbourhood heroes and front line workers that have paid the ultimate price – we need to move away from the things that have brought us here in the first place.

Pick up the pieces of what has fallen apart these past few years and help one another to find a new happiness so that there is more hope for the future.




Guest Blogger Rayna Davies

Rayna is the Office Manager at Sentinel Security, as well as the main blog contributor.

With foundations firmly routed in Business administration, Customer Service, and Management, she brings years of experience to her roles both within the Sentinel office, and the blog.

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.

Her passions include spending time with her husband and two young children, world travel, reading, writing, and pushing herself to always look for the silver lining.