Like all of you, the epic scale of the Coronavirus threat has humbled me with its power, and it is asking more than just staying at home. All my life I have been dedicated to encouraging the potential that every person carries within them. I’ve taught about our innate depths, our possibilities and purpose. Now, however, it’s time to live out the promise that we all carry to become a noble, kind and compassionate people. My hope today is that we allow this crisis to evoke the best in us.

We can hunker down in fear, or look for the opportunity to care, each in our own way. Our kindness is a light. The more we extend it, the brighter it becomes and the more darkness we illuminate. We can give without any expectations until goodness flows from our depths, presents new possibilities, and expands our sense of purpose.

So my dear friend, I invite you to create a new virus of caring, of a nobility of our humanity that becomes even more contagious than the one dancing in the headlines.

This is our time. We can choose to surrender to fear or we can show the world what it means to be thoughtful, to be generous, and to be proactive in helping friends or strangers alike. Perhaps this is an initiation of sorts in which we are invited to step into a new experience of our interdependence and empathy.

Take all the precautions that are recommended, and at the same time be bold in your love and constant in your faith that together we will pass through this challenging time. On the other side of it, we will look back and realize that we were part of an epic time in history when caring triumphed over fear, and goodness prevailed!

Bless you dear ones, now and always.

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is author of 30 books exploring aspects of human potential, a movement in which she has been a leading voice. She has trained leaders in human development and social change for the UN and other international groups in 109 countries. Governments, communities, and change leaders—and participants at her Rowe weekends over the decades—seek out her wisdom and practical advice.

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