Colin the Crow had run out of water. He searched and searched, flying high and low but found nothing. From the corner of his eye he caught the glimmer of what he suspected was a water pitcher. To his delight, Colin discovered the jug was half-filled with water. But sadly, to his grief his beak could not reach the liquid.
Then a thought came to him.
He took a pebble and dropped it into the pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped it into the pitcher. And so it went until at last, he saw the water reach the top.
Colin drank in the water, quenching his thirst.
The moral of this Aesop’s Fable: Necessity is the mother of invention.
During this time of self-isolation, entrepreneurs have found unique ways to deliver their services or have created products and services that are new to his time. As a society, we are finding new ways to work, connect, hold virtual dinner parties, to host “get-togethers”.
Yes. It is easy to look around and see how the COVID-19 crisis has brought out the worst in some people — from hoarding hand sanitizer to ignoring social distancing requirements. But I believe such irresponsible behaviour is more the exception rather than the rule.
Time and time again, individuals and communities have demonstrated that the worst situations tend to bring out the best in people. In every moment of darkness, there are countless moments of light. There are small gestures of compassion and connection that allow people to show who they are, how they want to live, and what matters to them.
Now is a time for resilience and ingenuity. We are being called on to adapt, pivot, and find new ways to grow – pebble by pebble.
*Aesop's Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE.