We are all in this together

As 2021 closed, I knew we all were looking forward to 2022 as a time for healthy new beginnings.  I believe everyone will agree, the times we have weathered together in the past couple of years have been tough.  Yet in spite of the many challenges, there also has been examples of incredible kindness and compassion.  The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and the world of work.  I am not sure there will ever be a new normal, much less a return to anything we found “normal” in the past.  What I am sure of, the importance of kindness and caring for and about one another has never been more important.  This image and back story of the penguins came across my desk recently and totally touched my heart.  I do not know whether it is true or not, but I want to believe.  I want the kindness shown in the photo be an inspiration for all humans.  We are all in this together.  We need to care about one another as never before.

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Photographer Tobias Baumgaertner captured this image of two widowed fairy penguins looking over the Melbourne skyline.
The backstory is so heartwarming. The lighter penguin is an elderly female whose partner died this year. The darker one is a younger male who lost his partner two years ago. Biologists have followed them as they meet every night to comfort each other. They stand for hours together watching the city lights.
The Photo won an award in Oceanographic magazine’s Ocean Photography Awards 2020.
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