Take care

Our illusion of feeling safe most of the time in our lives, has now been shattered.

For the first time, every single human being is realising and experiencing that we do not actually live in a safe world. We are all feeling vulnerable, uneasy and at risk.

Many of us are now saying or writing ‘stay safe’ or ‘keep safe’ when saying goodbye to loved ones or when ending emails to friends or business associates. While this highlights a high level of concern for the well-being of those we know and love, it also seems to suggest that the world was considered a safe place before the coronavirus outbreak.

For most people, the harsh reality is that the world has never been a safe place. War, poverty, abuse, corrupt government, racism, sexism, xenophobia, ageism, pollution, nuclear threats and famine have all resulted in the majority of human beings constantly feeling unprotected and unsafe (not to mention our wildlife and the environment).

For the first time, we are experiencing what a global crisis truly feels like. Global issues have no respect for wealth, status, political power or entitlement. We cannot buy ourselves out of this problem, or impose laws to silence protestors, or quieten the voices of the abused.

In this time of crisis, we all need to fully appreciate the intricate, interdependent fabric of life. Everything is connected. Someone’s poverty may be connected to our wealth. Someone’s pain may be connected to our pleasure. This is now a time to become more sensitive to the fabric of our relationships with others and our environment.   

As we grapple for answers and take stock of our lives, maybe we should try and align to one simple principle as we navigate our way through this crisis. And that is the principle of ‘taking care’. ‘Take care’ is an extension of ‘keep safe’.

Nibbling each other

Take care of yourself, take care of your family, take care of your neighbour, take care in how you interact with others. take care of the environment, take care of birds and animals, take care of anything that you are connected to.

The foundation of care is gentleness, respect, gratitude and humility. In this regard, you are no better or more important than anyone or anything else that is living on our planet. ‘Take care’ counters arrogance and entitlement. 

We are living in uncertain times, dealing with many unknowns. However, as a collective it is not necessary to intensify and escalate fear. Instead of worrying about your safety, rather commit yourself to taking more care of anything that you are in relationship with. 

There is no need for the government to protect you and keep you safe. This is an illusion. If they had the power or the honest desire to keep you safe, then why do they start wars, abuse power, avoid global issues or selfishly only look after themselves? 

While your primary responsibility is to keep yourself safe, now is the opportunity to expand this into taking care of the living fabric that exists around you. As we move through this global crisis into the future, the challenge is to make our new world order a safer place for everyone and everything to live in.

5 thoughts on “Take care

  1. Justin

    Thanks Kenn – good advise

    I guess we sometime don’t think deeply enough about how a seemingly innocuous phrase (intended to comfort) can actually have the opposite effect to the recipient that which was intended – particularly in these uncertain times

  2. I think that your comment regarding intention is so important. Our intention to comfort and reassure in times of crisis comes from a very good place. I was just trying to highlight the need for all of us to consciously start co-creating a new reality of how we engage in our relationships with others, as we move into the future.
    Take care Justin

  3. Michael Galbraith

    Fantastic article Ken.

    Thank you so much. Very meaningful.

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    Michael Galbraith

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  4. Hello Ken – what a beautiful photo . My son Brendon tried to see it here in Perth Australia but the night sky was cloudy. Very little news about the comet. We saw Haley’s comet when we lived in Botswana and another comet in Irene outside Pretoria in 2007 just before we left SA for Australia . Thank you so much for your wonderful words of wisdom – Esther sent me your contact . So please to meet up again dear Ken – love Evy

    1. Hi Evy – so nice to hear from you. It was very difficult to see the comet in the Southern Hemisphere – it was in the Northern Hemisphere skies for about 3 weeks – and now it has left us as it continues its journey into space. Please send my best wishes to Brendon. Take care. Ken

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