Lead with your heart and you won’t go wrong
Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 10/05/2021 (756 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The past year has shown that we can grow.
We’ve seen families bear down with the teachers to undertake the task of schooling their children at home — learning as much technology as is necessary to keep their kids engaged. We’ve seen people reinvent their lives by becoming entrepreneurs or taking on brand new employment, some doing a complete 180 just to put food on the table. We’ve seen people share their art in public places, even making a scavenger hunt of it. I want to offer a bouquet to Paul Leullier for his miniature reindeer carvings in Sturgeon Park. I’ve only found a few, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed people sharing their finds on Facebook.
We’ve seen people adapt their events, church services, weddings, and sadly funerals, in an effort to keep everyone safe. My heart goes out to people who just want to share their special memories with friends and family. Bless you for thinking of others.Unfortunately, we have also seen behaviour from people who may be suffering the severe stresses of the pandemic. People who see no end. People challenged with keeping a roof over their heads and just scraping by. People who just can’t take another restriction.
We’ve seen our health care providers and support staff stretched to their limits, and still we ask them for more blood, sweat and tears. The tears they shed as another avoidable case of COVID-19 lies intubated in their care. I do believe we can do better.Some things have blossomed throughout the pandemic: drive-throughs and curb-side pickups, social media, DIY videos, recipes, and the escapades of a pack of wild turkeys, strolling all over our little piece of heaven.
I am far from perfect, but I try to live by two basic rules:
1. Treat others the way you would like to be treated;
2. Don’t be a bystander — if you see someone being wronged, step up, even if that means standing physically beside them. Do I need to mention that this goes for absolutely everyone — no matter their skin colour, race, socioeconomic situation, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.
We are so much stronger together than alone. And even though restrictions are necessary, we can still use the old-fashioned telephone or take a stroll slightly apart. Take care all.
Wanda Prychitko is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
St. James-Assiniboia community correspondent
Wanda Prychitko is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia.