Sunday 12 July, 2020

COVID-19 'too shall pass' and leave a stronger Barbados behind

Children have to be using technology for more than entertainment, research and homework especially now during the 24-hour curfew with COVID-19 (FILE)

Children have to be using technology for more than entertainment, research and homework especially now during the 24-hour curfew with COVID-19 (FILE)

Barbadians can overcome the impact and effects of COVID-19 together creatively and obediently, in order to come out stronger and better.

"When we talk about no surrender and no retreat, it's about recommitting to that purpose that we have to, because this too shall pass.

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"This too shall come to end and while weeping may endure for a night, joy cometh always in the morning and when joy comes, we want our hands to be together - strong families, strong communities, strong nation, strong region, strong Earth."

Barbados substantive leader, Prime Minister Mia Mottley wants Barbadians to look at the changes unfolding currently in our society and economy and realise that we have to learn lessons - some to discard, keep and cultivate.

Quoting Irish American poet Catherine 'Kitty' O'meara's March 2020 penned poem: "And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently," Mottley asked Bajans to reflect on this.

She said this is what it means to live in a time of COVID-19 and what it could mean after:

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"I want this experience, my friends, as we stay at home, as we stay safe, as we learn new modes of behaviour to wash your hands regularly and don't do that thing that is so natural - touch your face, find new ways of engaging with people."

She said that people need through the Internet, through livingroom concerts, through new ways of productions, find new ways of relating to people.

"As we do all of this, let us remember that we do it not as an end in itself but as a platform to a better Barbados for stronger Barbadians because there shall be no surrender and no retreat, and in the words of our national anthem, 'With God on the people side, then we shall have no doubts nor fears.'

"My friends, we are in this all together. Every day won't be easy. Some days you gon feel like pulling out your hair, but the one thing I know is if we reach out to each other and hold each other up, we will get through this." 

And she did not sugarcoat the reality that this is not a pandemic and situation that we will overcome overnight. She stressed: "I suspect two years from now, three years from now we will be surprised at how well we have done because we have used this as a moment of retooling, retraining, repurposing, refurbishing, renewal."

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