Sense of community first trait to emerge in time of crisis

Don’t you think it’s funny that it seems to have taken the practice of social distancing to bring us closer together?

While the schools, arenas, shops, local restaurants and watering holes lay empty, everywhere you look on social media, you see people making connections with their community.

You see people eager to help their elderly neighbours stay safe and healthy. You see people ready to give their dollars and time to help their fellow humans in a time of need.  You see people giving thanks to those who were previously taken for granted: The truck drivers keeping our goods flowing, the grocery clerks keeping the shelves stocked, the waste management people taking care of our waste, or the delivery person keeping our supplies stocked, to name a few.

You see people checking in on friends and family who they haven’t spoken with recently due to our busy work/life schedules. Yes you’ll still see the regular political mudslinging, repeating memes and unnecessary negative remarks and arguments, but it seems even they are a little less nasty.

We are at the start of a scary period in our history that will likely bring challenges to our health, family and economic wellbeing which most of us have rarely dealt with in our lifetimes.  There will be many hard lessons to be learned in the coming weeks and months ahead.

I hope we hold onto this sense of community and our realization of interconnectedness once we return to a state of normalcy because we’re going to need each other then just as much as we do today.

Gavin Vader

Cherry Valley