When Linnea, a woman from Sweden witnesses fear and panic unfolding on her Facebook feed, she decides to do something to help.
A short story shining light on human kindness during the Corona-Covid19 Outbreak ...
My neighbor’s cows mooed outside my window and stars began to appear. I had just come home to the farm after a long day of work. I was tired but too restless to relax.
Scrolling through Facebook, reading all the threads about the Corona-Covid virus, I watched the global panic unfold. I looked around my living room, all this space just for myself.
I was blessed to have this big house in the countryside, far away from the panic I was reading about online. I wondered what it was like for others who didn’t have a haven to stay like I did.
I called for my dog to come and went outside to let her do what dogs do and for me to take a cigarette. I looked up at the stars, I tuned into the sounds of nature; the trees moving in the wind, the cows, the dogs nearby and my sheep calling for their dinner.
What could I do to help people in this situation? I thought to myself. Most people around here have everything they need, so what's the next step for me. What could I do to help?
I had recently joined an online community for travelling women all over the world and an idea hit me as strong as a rock to the head…
I went inside, put some wood in the fireplace and made myself some toast while thinking about my idea. How would I feel stuck in a foreign country with cash running low and no income Why not offer a safe place for those in need?
I had the room and I have trust in people. I stared into the flames of the fireplace, letting my mind drift to possibilities. One of my cats came and fell asleep next to me and I started to write down an outline of what I wanted to do for the global community of women I belonged to ...
I looked at my phone, a little insecure about posting my message. How would people react?Would people call me insane for opening my door to complete strangers when the world is falling apart because of a virus?
I went out for another cigarette to calm my nerves a little and to think some more. The ravens behind my barn were talking loudly and an owl chimed in. I knew what to do. Nature has always been a big part of me and being Norse pagan, I knew the ravens had given me the sign to follow my heart.
Would people call me insane for opening my door to complete strangers when the world is falling apart because of a virus?
I went inside again, walked into my living room, with walls as green as the Scottish Highlands. On one wall an enlarged photograph of a forest with the rays of an early sun shining through the trees inspired me. The fire gave a warm glow and cracking sounds from the burning wood warmed me.
I wrote a little more of my message and posted it in the community before I could change my mind. In the post I offered my home as a haven for any woman that had found herself stranded in Sweden during the Corona outbreak.
After I made my post, I sat back down on the couch, thinking that no one would respond. And then just like a waterfall, reactions, comments and messages started flowing in from all around the world.
While no one needed to take me up on my offer, the sense of gratitude from women around the world moved me, restoring my faith in humanity. I sat there, staring at the phone in my hand, confused. I'm no saint and I still think that what I offered is a very small thing to do.
I asked myself, Is the world really so cold that a small offer like this warrants a reaction so grand? Now is the time for humanity to come together to share our kindness and compassion.
During this crisis let’s help each other. Instead of trying to climb the society ladder or being concerned with our egos, or panic buying, worrying about ourselves, let's make this a time to show love, to be true to ourselves and stand up for what we believe in.