The new “C” word

Today’s episode is brought to you by the letter “C”

Many of my favourite things begin with C: champagne, chocolate, cake.

Comedy. CATS – particularly curvy ones.

There is of course another “C” word. 😳

For the first 44 years of my life I detested it with a passion. In the last 12 months I’ve come to realise that sometimes it’s the only word that fits and the satisfaction I get from saying it is enormous.

In 2020 we have discovered a new “C” word. I wish it was “calm”, “controlled” or even “compassion” but it’s not. It is the most talked about word on the planet right now.

For some reason my mind keeps turning to 9/11. I think it’s because the global solidarity over that event seemed unprecedented. Today we find ourselves united against another force. But unlike the events of 2001, the overriding emotion is not compassion and sympathy for the victims, it’s fear and panic for ourselves.

When this stockpiling business first broke out my mum sent my dad to the toilet paper aisle to see if he could find any. He proudly came back carrying a packet and told her there were about 12 left on the shelf so he got one! Not 12. One. Yesterday my sister and I met for a coffee and she told me that a local two dollar shop still had tissues. We went and sure enough they were heaps so I bought a couple of boxes. It didn’t feel right to her that she should buy any more as she had bought a couple of boxes earlier that day. THIS is normal human behaviour.

The statistics on this thing are mind blowing. If you are interested click on this link for live tracking on a global scale with country by country breakdowns

A colleague and I have been following this for weeks and doing live updates from our desks to the rest of the office. It wasn’t long before the conversation turned to the fact that the one thing missing in this pandemic is compassion. Compassion for the victims and families of those who have sadly died, compassion for those infected and compassion for each other in our local communities.

Yes. Compassion needs to be our newest-new “C” word. And it needs to start now.

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