Updated: Apr 4, 2020
Dear inspiring teacher,
Hope you are safe and healthy. Even though we are going through this period of uncertainty, I believe that better times will come soon. Now more than ever we need to stay calm and be mindful. Remind yourself and your students to be grateful for all the wonderful things and people we are surrounded by.
Check out my mindful lesson on GRATITUDE
There was an article on the BBC website a couple of days ago which enumerates five positives that the coronavirus has brought about:
1. Pollution has dropped
In many cities like Shanghai and Beijing, there has been a significant drop in the levels of air pollution
2. Water canals are becoming clearer
I saw lots of photos on social media illustrating that the murky water in the canals in Venice is becoming clearer and swans and ducks have gone back to their natural habitat.
3. People have become kinder
Even though a lot of people are feeling anxious and fearful, we have witnessed numerous acts of kindness. Last week I was on Skype with the British poet Josie Whitehead, whose poems I often use with my students and feature on my blog. She mentioned that one of her younger neighbours had popped a note under her door to say that she and her husband are ready to help with anything during these extraordinary days.
4. Communities have been brought together
I am sure you have seen those videos on FB showing Italians singing and playing different musical instruments on their balconies.
The BBC article also mentions that a Spanish fitness instructor ran an exercise class from a low roof in the middle of an apartment complex, which residents in isolation joined from their balconies.
Also, I teach many Chinese students so I have witnessed this turmoil from the very beginning. What I noticed is that families get to spend more quality time together now. Last week a 14-year-old girl from Beijing was eager to share with me that her parents were exercising in the living room while we were having a lesson. She was excited that she was going to join them after the class. My heart melted because I could see how much it meant to her to work out with her mum and dad.
5. Creativity has blossomed
People are taking up new hobbies and going back to activities that they never had the time to do before due to their busy schedules.
Those of you, who live in the UK, can access the BBC article here.
So, lovely people, there is so much HOPE.
HOPE is being able to see that
there is LIGHT despite all of the darkness.
How has your life benefited from the current situation?
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And before I say tata, if you need some cheering up right now or you´re looking for something inspiring to share with your students, check out this positive story from Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Until we meet again, be blessed