The COVID vaccines have offered many people a deep sense of hope that we may ‘soon’ move forward from this extraordinary pandemic and all its impacts. Like many, I have pondered deeply the impacts and the opportunities presented by the pandemic and the acceleration we are witnessing in the rising consciousness of humanity.
A consciousness about the impacts we are having on each other and the planet – locally and globally.
This deeper and more connected awareness is having effects – in business, in communities, and in each of us individually as we shift our mindsets and our behaviours towards greater equality, greater compassion, and greater justice for all.
Recently I read of the global oil giant BP’s commitment to be zero carbon by 2050 and to support the world in that goal also. Yes, an act of corporate survival of course but also a symbol of the scale of shift needed and being taken. As so many businesses collapse, we simultaneously see the opportunity for smaller, socially responsible businesses geared toward society’s needs and community services becoming increasingly prolific.
At the root of this growing awareness and consciousness is the quality ‘love’. The genuine and real expression of love as a living daily practise will act in the same way as any medical vaccine in helping us to move forward as a humanity. Rooting our awareness, thoughts and actions in love for all brings an injection of understanding, consideration, compassion, connection, and so many other qualities and practises. Each of these brings the potential to design a way of living that our children will be proud of and in which they will thrive.
So as we celebrate the COVID vaccines and their ability to help us make the next step forward, let’s ensure that step is given a more permanent chance of long-term success by adding love into the mix.