For the last year I have been inspired, devastated, and inspired again, especially witnessing so many amazing people doing so much to help those in need in Phuket. But as the crisis continues, especially its economic impact, as well as increasing exhaustion levels for volunteers on the front lines doing their best to help, it was time to step things up.
And so our community came together under the umbrella of One Phuket, and we are all committed to making sure we do enough to help everyone get through this crisis, together. We are also committed to taking pressure off the volunteers who were burning out.
Being in a place like Phuket during this crisis – one that relies heavily on tourism – has been a very sobering experience for me, because the impact has been terrible. What is equally frustrating, especially in Asia, is everyone did the right thing to get the situation under control, and it feels very cruel that the people most impacted by this pandemic are not the ones responsible for it.
Food poverty is a terrible thing to witness, people unable to get out of bed is too. I can tell you it’s very humbling being here through this time.
Being part of One Phuket has given me powerful purpose. I cannot worry about things out of my control, I cannot worry about irrelevant stuff either, and I certainly cannot get depressed, because I am focused on adding my voice to the challenge, and doing what I can to help in our community. Whether it’s raising awareness, raising money, or volunteering our families time or resources, we are all in.
And I want to pass this on, because if you are struggling right now, if you are depressed and anxious about the situation, if you can’t see a rainbow anytime soon, please be part of your community and get busy helping those who need it.
I wrote a blog recently, asking everyone to give #Just10Percent of their time, money, talent or voice – something we can all do. However, one of the biggest lessons of this experience, and the real message of giving is, it helps you too. It fills your soul with purpose and commitment. It’s a beautiful thing and everyone has 10 percent of something to give.
Can you see an opportunity to help? If nothing else, donate. I hope everyone understands that coming out of this time better off than you went into it, is definitely not the way to be in this moment for the world. Here’s some donation suggestions World Food Program., UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org, Soi Dog Foundation. If you can afford to be generous, now is the time to help your fellow human.
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Joe Biden and Jair Bolsonaro square off over the Amazon tks Claude Calleja
Scott Morrison is losing the women of Australia at a giddying rate tks Graham Harvey
Business and Technology
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
This Is How To Stop The Pandemic Reversing Gender Equality tks Lavinia Thanapathy
Man who killed his mother arrested in brutal attack on Asian woman in NYC tks Ken Craig-Saunders
Why Do Americans Idolize the Super Rich? tks David Lim
Passion, humour, history
The Louvre Puts Its Massive Collection of Art Online tks Bob Hooey
The ancient fabric that no one knows how to make tks David Lim
Tucker Carlson Guest Worried Humanity Might Go Extinct From Smoking Weed tks Frank Roberts
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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