We are sitting on the boundary of our old world and our new world, and I can’t help but think of the parallels with the children of Israel as they faced crossing the river Jordan after a long sojourn in the desert. As they stood on the banks of the river, some were afraid, others were nostalgic for the old ways and wanted to turn back, but fortunately enough had the courage to go forward into the unknown. We have the opportunity to ‘reset’ our lives and our world as we emerge from our lock down. As we pack our bags and prepare to cross, let’s think about: What do we need to leave behind? And what do we want to take with us?
The author Arundhati Roy says it best, “Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt … Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality’, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists … Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine the world anew. This one is no different.”