As we move into the next phase of this unprecedented epidemic, we need to remain calm and be aware of the facts and implications of how it will affect our own lives and those of the most vulnerable.

Easier said than done, and I for one am in agreement that it is not easy to be still as so many people are going into panic buying and high anxiety.

We look at the expression on the faces of World Leaders, including our own Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and know that this is serious, it is already affecting both physical and mental health and will continue to do so as we step up measures of prevention.

Bill Gates predicted an epidemic in a Ted Talk in 2015, but nobody took heed, and we still continued to concentrate on power and money which seemed to matter the most.

The present situation seems to be more difficult as it is completely out of our control and yet somewhere in the darkest corner of this ‘attack’ there seems to be a glimmer of light and an obvious explanation for this serious pandemic.

I would like you to read this, as I question why Mother Nature has decided to respond as she has and it is to do with our constant abuse to our Planet.  Why greed and the pursuit of wealth has ruled over human kindness.  How interesting that wealth as we know it could be wiped out completely, and we have to now look at alternative ways to acquire and look at ‘wealth’ – perhaps substituting it with ‘health’.

As the offspring of Sylvia Anderson, creator of International Rescue and the iconic Lady Penelope,  I will be leading this campaign with my good friend and television royalty, Debbie Arnold, who is also at the cutting edge of mental health issues, and we will be posting throughout this crisis with ways to ensure that women in particular remain calm and supported in self-isolation or if you still have to work and carry on – perhaps looking after a loved one or an elderly relative.  But one thing for sure, it will change our thinking forever, and seriously not before time.

Sylvia & Gerry Anderson with models from Thunderbirds

Yes, there is fear.
Yes, there is isolation.
Yes, there is panic buying.
Yes, there is sickness.
Yes, there is even death.

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So, we pray and we remember that
Yes, there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes, there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes, there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes, there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes, there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square,



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