{Good News} 9 things to celebrate right now

What an amazing time to be alive, isn’t it?

I was meditating last week and a little story popped into my mind. I was a soul not yet born into this body. I was looking down at the world with some kind of guide and the guide said, “Are you sure you want to be a human right now? During your lifetime there’s going to be a pandemic and it will be scary and sometimes tragic. The world will be forever changed. Plus, there won’t be much toilet paper.”

I can’t say for certain that this is how it works, but if it does then we all made this choice. I like to believe that I made the choice to jump in because I knew I would have the faculties and resources to manage whatever might happen, and to thrive and make a positive difference in others’ lives. I have a feeling that a part of you (maybe all of you) feels the same way – even if your mind tells you otherwise.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to lose sight of this core truth. Fear is contagious and it has a frequency which (especially when resisted) can be intensely jarring. After all, that’s its job. It’s the emotional mechanism of our survival instinct. It’s trying to convince you that the only thing that matters right now is security. But humans evolved the ability to experience these animalistic impulses without letting them control us. One way is to open our eyes and notice all that’s good in the world – all of the evidence that our mind’s irrational concerns are untrue. Here’s some good news that’s come about through this tumultuous period.

  1. There is greater appreciation for the working class. More than ever before, many are recognizing that these beautiful people – the grocery store clerks, the UPS drivers, the garbage collectors, the utility company technicians – are keeping our world running. Let’s show them our gratitude.
  2. There is a pause in the habit of filling ourselves up with stuff. Sure, we’re stocking up on beans and rice, but for lots of people who have a habit of shopping to self-soothe, this period has initiated a rare break. It’s a time when we’re prompted to make do with what we have. Perhaps to repair, instead of replacing, what can be fixed.
  3. The environment is healing. How else could we have gotten the whole world to drive less? In such a short period of time we’ve seen the canals of Venice become clear enough to see fish and dolphins swimming in them, and the cloud of pollution over China has mostly disappeared. These may be short lived miracles, but it’s important for the world to witness that the environment is resilient. When this pandemic runs its course, environmental issues will still be here, and hopefully this vivid display of the impact of human activities will inspire us to develop permanent solutions.
  4. Everyone is working together. The world has never been so united in a common cause. We’re seeing unprecedented stories of cooperation. In England, there was a call for National Health Service volunteers and over 400,000 people signed up in the first 24 hours.
  5. We’re reminded of the value of our elders. Who could forget that line from Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi (1970): “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” The threat of losing our senior citizens had helped the world recognize just how important they are. The young are helping the old. Stores are offering special hours for seniors only. This period has also highlighted how isolated many of our elders are, and it’s prompting a collective desire to honor them, to care for them better, and include them more.
  6. We’re recognizing the importance of community. The bigger and faster the world gets, the easier it is to feel disconnected. But social distancing has been a (sometimes painful) reminder of how much we need and value each other, and all sorts of novel ways of connecting have emerged from this crisis. We’ve seen virtual sing-alongs, virtual dinner parties, video chat board games, meetings in parks (maintaining six feet of distance) to make eye contact, tell jokes, and (non-contact) dance. People have been doing the “reach out and touch someone” thing with folks they haven’t been in contact with for years. We need each other.
  7. Unprecedented generosity. We’ve seen offerings of free products, free counseling, groceries, donations of medical supplies, sharing of toilet paper, help with yard work, and so many other ways in which people are stepping up to contribute.
  8. Teachers are getting the recognition they deserve. For all of the parents who are suddenly forced to home school their kids, there’s a mass awakening happening as to how hard it is to be a teacher and how much we depend on them, not just to educate our kids but to keep them safe, to hold space for them to develop and grow, and to create a healthy classroom culture for them to discover who they are and hone their gifts.
  9. We’re reminded of how many heroes there are. People everywhere are putting their health (perhaps their lives) on the line to serve others. Doctors, nurses, medical staff, caregivers of all kinds, receptionists, and everyone who continues to show up at jobs in essential businesses – these dedicated humans are putting the good of the community first and we should all be grateful for them.

We would love it if you’d share some good news in the comments below. What silver linings have you discovered? What’s beautiful in the world that’s being revealed in this crazy time?

Be well,

Peter and Briana and Everyone at The Dragontree

25 thoughts on “{Good News} 9 things to celebrate right now

  1. Thank you for your thoughts! You are right on!
    Continued Blessings to all of us..
    I believe. )O(
    Cheers *

    1. You’re welcome, Jacque! Yes, blessings for everyone!

  2. There has been this outpouring of generosity in so many forms: free concerts, willingness to learn new tech skills, people reaching out more, inspiring chalk writings on driveways and sidewalks.

    1. I agree, Jan. Not just generosity but inspiration. My daughter and I hung up little signs around town with inspiring messages, too.

  3. Thank you, Briana, Peter, and all at Dragontree for your efforts to inform us, as well as giving us positive ways to manage our anxiety and help contribute in this difficult time. The free meditation yesterday and tapping video from Peter are especially appreciated. I look forward to receiving my Immune Support. Much gratitude to you. 🙏❤️

    1. You’re welcome, Lyn. We’re so happy to help. It’s what we’re here to do. ❤️

  4. So grateful for your words. I just read this to my teenager and 25 year old who were expressing their fears to me at the current situation and they say and listened to ever word. It made such a difference. Thank you!

    1. Thanks for sharing it with them, Maria Elena – and for sharing with us. I’m glad it helped!

  5. Love this. Really appreciate you guys 🌺🌵✌🏼

    1. Thanks, Genevieve. We hope you’re staying well & sane.

  6. This is a jolt to the projected lifestyle I am establishing now for my future.
    A que to Dream BIG! Be who, what, where, etc… your heart truly desires. Is this what you really want? Are you holding back for some reason? Don’t! Sure, we don’t know when it is outr time to go, that I’ve considered before. What I hadn’t considered was that we never know when life as we know it will forever change in ways we never expected. The world is much different than it was six months ago. What an interesting time to be alive.

    1. Indeed, Sara! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Thank you. These 9 celebrations are moving and true. I truly appreciated reading them tonight. It has been a long, profoundly surreal week, for sure. Take care! N ⚓️

    1. You’re welcome and thank you, Nancy. I’m glad this message has been an ⚓ for you.

  8. Back in December, when I was doing my end-of-year and decade reviews, I felt that I was at the gateway of such a powerful and magical time.
    Then the pandemic started.
    What?!
    However, within the first few days (I live in Europe so things got started here a bit ahead of the US,) I realized much of what you outlined: less pollution, if only for a few weeks; getting all of humanity together, no war, religion, economic or political theory has ever accomplished this; buying less ‘stuff’, including many companies that have switched to immediately useful things like from making gin to hand sanitizer or cars to respirators; appreciation for those working at the shops and delivery, hospitals, etc.
    ALSO: everyone has time to meditate on their lives and the world and figure out what they DO want, in case up to now we’ve been living/seeing in the world what we don’t want.
    (And, interestingly, my partner and I had both just started reading a book, the first chapter of which is about lfe in-between-lives and choosing the events of our next lifetime. My partner said: “we all must’ve chosen to be here during the pandemic.” I said: “Yeah, we all thought ‘pandemic? that sounds like fun, sign me up for that.’”)
    So, after the first week of erratic heartbeat, anxiety, etc, thinking of the above points, I was feeling very positive about how the world can make a change for the good.
    Until I started hearing about how many think it’s a hoax or downright dystopian views. I felt sad for a whole day. I know there are those like you at Dragontree and myself -since pretty much all the regular newsletters I get are now about getting through this in health and positivity, offering free meditations, etc.- but I suddenly felt I was in the minority and kind of helpless.
    I’ve since decided that I’m NOT helpless. Or course, I can’t do everything. BUT, I can take care of my and my family’s health. I can pray and meditate and connect in the ethers to those who are praying and meditating for a positive change in humanity and for our dear, so-beautiful-and-generous-in-spite-of-what-we’ve-done-to-her Earth. Together we can surround and fill the planet with Hope and Light.

    1. Thanks Gwynneth. Amazing that you had such similar insights to me. Yes, this is an unexpected way for a magical and powerful time to look, but I believe that if we’re able to get more people on board with this perspective, it will improve global morale and empower us to make the most of this pivotal time.

  9. Awe this email is salve…. thank you. I’m reconnecting and recognizing the power of family both extended, friends who are family and my unit at home. The importance of us setting the tone for our days and nights. We have a new ritual w my grandmother and meals weekly and it’s nice to see her consistently

    1. Thanks Rachel. Making salve is one of my specialities. Your new rituals sound sweet and nourishing.

  10. Thank you for this uplifting article! I am 84 and my husband is 83 and we are doing well, but it does my heart good when someone calls to check on us or offer to do our shopping! We are so blessed and I do feel that although we are social distancing, we are really coming together more than ever before!

    1. Thanks Dorothy, we treasure elders like you and your husband. Are you in the Boulder area? We have plenty of toilet paper if you’d like me to bring some by! Really!

  11. May all Beings everywhere learn the lessons that need to be learned right now and be transformed! Thank you for your words of wisdom. Peace & love!

    1. Yes! Thank you, Lisa, and you’re welcome. Be well.

  12. This is so beautiful. Love you two and the work you put into the world. Thank you!

    1. We love you too Jenn!

  13. In this time, our Dr brought us together to make much needed masks for Heath care workers to wear over the one mask they get for the week. The masks are made of cotton and can be steilized and reused. Our goal is 3 thousand to be given to health care providers. Stay healthy and love each other.

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