I have never been so grateful to live in Canada.
I am sure all of my fellow Canadians would agree wholeheartedly with me. In the midst of this no-end-in-sight global crisis, we have so much to be grateful for. But before I espouse too much, I do need to pause and reflect. Let’s take a moment to think of those who have lost their lives, health, loved ones, economic or personal stability due to this pandemic. The toll has been immense.
It could have been worse. It could get worse.
But thankfully, we live in a country where people respect and value their neighbours, their public servants, and their institutions. If we did not our toll would be much, much worse. We need to not look very far south to witness the terrifying impact of a country of people who prioritize the individual over the whole.
It many ways it feels like the fiery inferno of hell has surfaced to Earth and is raging right next to us.
There is much more to do. We didn’t act quickly enough in the beginning, making it vital that our governments accelerate measures such as enforcing indoor masks wearing, clarifying standards across the country, and increase contact tracing. We still have too many young people who think they are immune to the virus, which even if it was true (which it is not) does not give them the right to infect someone less immortal. Our businesses need to find a way to accelerate reopening in an environment where consumer behaviour is permanently skewed by safety considerations.
Oh, and our Prime Minister needs to find his way to the ethics store and buy himself a basket full, as he continues to believe the rules of conflict do not apply to him.
July 1st is more than our country’s birthday this year. It is the unofficial restart to 2020. Let’s look forward to what we can make of 2020. It is time for a reboot. It’s time to reclaim our lives.
I have a few quick thoughts on how we treat July 1st as our Happy New Year.
Let’s start with each other. Say Hello to a Canadian next time you see one. Hello. Good Morning. Good Afternoon. Hi. Have a Great Day. Bonjour. A wave. A smile. A nod. It will make the day of your fellow Canadian and add a shine to your 24 hours.
From being great patriot lets add some patronage. Get out and visit your local business, store, restaurant, coffee shop, barber, fruit stand, golf course. Spend what you can. Help that small business person succeed. Support your local charity, music venue, festival, sports team. Help them live to see another day of fueling passion in our lives.
The third thought from the Mh3 school of three’s is for YOU. Take today and give yourself a new start. Treat today like January 1. Make those resolutions. Reset those goals. Have some champagne if you want. We have six months. Six months is a long time. Six months is a lifetime. Six months can be a year. A very good year. If you want it to be.
Happy Canada Day.