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Author: David Gumbrell, VbE International Consultant

 

 

Raspberries in February

 

On the first day we wanted raspberries in February.
On the second, we flew over to Barcelona for a weekend break.
On the third day, we put in a book order on Amazon Prime – forgetting that it was already on our shelves.
On the fourth day, we jumped in our car for the school run, just down the road.
On the fifth day, we flicked on the central heating, yet windows were open.

 

On the weekend, the World said, "No – enough is enough!"

 

We became complacent, self-obsessed and demanding of the world in which we live. Sustainability was a word, not an action. We stuck our heads in the sand and pretended it wasn’t happening. We didn’t value our World.

 

We were put on the naughty step; we were put in quarantine. So, what did we do . . .?

 

On the first day we bulk bought toilet rolls.
On the second day, we returned for pasta.
On the third day we realised that this was serious.
On the fourth day started to forget to care for others.
On the fifth day the shelves were empty.

 

On the weekend, the World said, "No – enough is enough!"

 

We became complacent, self-obsessed and demanding stuff for us. Sustainability was just a word, not an action. We stuck our heads in the sand and pretended it was just us in this dilemma. We didn’t value each other.

 

We were put in quarantine. Meanwhile, what did nature do?

 

On the first day we heard that the air in China is clearer than it has been for years.
On the second day minimal traffic continued to improve health quality.
On the third day we heard of Venice wildlife returning to their canals.
On the fourth day dolphins swam in their newly clear waters.
On the fifth day community groups began delivering food parcels to the elderly.

 

We woke up to our complacency, we realised that we had become self-obsessed and we stopped demanding stuff that we didn’t need. Sustainability became more than just a word; it became an action. We lifted our heads out of the sand and it was just in time.

 

We were let out of quarantine, we started to value ourselves, value others and value the planet upon which we rely.

 

Living our values is the solution. Living kindness, collaboration, generosity, care, peace, patience, love and so many more...

 

Our world may yet flourish!

 

 

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