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What We’ve Learned

It has been an interesting time not only in our own country of Malta, but throughout the entire world. Never before have we been forced to close our businesses, our schools, our places of work and worship, our shops, and be asked to practice social-distancing on such a large scale. Because of the complexity of globalization, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted countless communities, including our own.

As we look forward to getting RAW back to business-as-usual, we have taken the time to reflect on how this season has impacted us. We came up with the top four lessons we’ve learned (or have been reminded of) during this time:

  1. It’s ok (and necessary) to slow down. Some cultures are better at cultivating this than others, but it’s always good to be reminded of the importance of slowing down. Oftentimes, especially if we’re someone who is ambitious and loves working towards our goals, it can be challenging to put on the brakes. As a human society, there has been such an immense amount of drive and determination that has been building and building over many years that it was about time that the collective human consciousness paused, took a deep breath, and was invited into really being present in the moment. If we’re always thinking about the future, we’re never going to be in the present. By taking a step back, and reorienting ourselves, we are able to move forward with a clearer vision and peace in our hearts.
  2. The Earth can heal. In just a few short months the Earth has done miraculous things to heal Herself. For so many years humanity has been hurting our sweet, sweet Earth through excessive travel, the production of animal products, a dependence on plastic, disposable culture, etc. At times it has seemed like there is no hope to stopping climate change and healing our planet. Seeing that it only took a couple months to make a significant impact on pollution and emissions gives us hope for how humanity could come together to really set us down a different path.
  3. We can stay connected even when we are apart. Although it’s not the same as being in person, this time has taught us that technology is an incredible gift to keep us all connected. If we can keep ourselves from getting caught up on how many Instagram followers we have, and really focus on the authentic love and connection that we can get through the use of technology as a tool, we can continue to use this resource in our favor.
  4. It takes a village. Many people and businesses in our community (and communities around the world) have depended on help from governments or civilians to support their work during this time. When a pandemic shocks our world economy, we are reminded that we all depend on each other to keep going. We are intertwined.

We invite you to reflect on the major lessons you have learned during this time. What have you learned about yourself? What have you learned about your community? What have you learned about how you like to spend your time? And what can you take with you as you move forward into this next season of life?

This article was written by Haley Lovejoy of A.G.A.P.E. Wellness.

Photo Cred: Simon Migaj

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