Small miracles in time of coV19
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Small miracles in time of coV19

Small miracles in the time of COVID19
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Small miracles in time of coV19

(Last updated April 16th, 2020)

The WHO announced “COVID-19” as the name of the new virus that can severely affect your lungs and airways, forever cementing the number 19 in peoples memories. No one will forget this time, or the number 19, as the current pandemic continues to rage on.

Numbers have a fascinating way of connecting us to major events, people and places in our memories. The Encyclopædia Britannica defines number symbolism or cultural associations, including religious, philosophic, and aesthetic, with various numbers. Throughout history numbers offer references to major events in our life. The date we were born, for example. Or major world events – who doesn’t know where they were on September 11th when the terrorist bombings of New York City took place and forever changed the numbers of 9/11.

Memory & Numbers

Many people who are good at remembering numbers are more likely to remember numbers because of the associated meaning for them. Millions of otherwise rational people are terrified of the number 13, to the extent that some hotels omit it from their floors. Airplanes do not have a row 13, and the numbers for Formula 1 racing cars skip from 12 to 14 so that, for example, 22 cars would be numbered from 1 to 23. I still remember the number of the streetcar and bus (#32 & #13) that took me to school in my early childhood or the numerical address of our house where I grew up. Pro-sports designate a ‘retiring’ of  jerseys, an honor a team bestows upon a player, usually after the player has left the team, retires from the sport, or dies.

Some significant numbers etched into our minds

99   The number of the greatest hockey player of my lifetime: Wayne Gretzky.
66   The number of Mario Lemieux. 
9     The number of Maurice “Rocket” Richard.
45   The end of WWII in 1945.
18   The pandemic of 1918, the deadliest in history.
56   The Hungarian revolution of 1956.
911 The attack on NYC on September 11, 2001.
30   The dirty 30s or The Great Depression of the early 1930s was a worldwide social and economic shock. 

Miracles19

Since the WHO officially named this novel coronavirus, the number 19 has gotten the unfortunate designation of being associated with this devastating pandemic. But instead of labeling the number 19 with such a dark and unfortunate burden, why not create a little counter movement called #Miracles19. We can all make small miracles happen now and for future months and years to come – 19 small miracles of kindness, positive observations or thoughts during this time of COVID19 or any other stories you might have to share.

My Small Miracle

An example of one such small miracle of kindness is what happened to me on March 19th 2020. As COVID19 was gaining steam all around the world I was taking a walk in the morning on the rural road near my house in eastern Ontario. On this road there is a white, country church on top of a hill surrounded with beautiful hay-fields and a small cemetery. As I walked passed the church, a car drove slowly up the hill towards me. I waved to the driver, as I do to all passers by. The driver slowed, rolled his window down, and waved while releasing a $50 dollar bill. I walk over and pick up the $50 dollar bill waving back to the car as to try to make him stop, assuming he accidentally dropped the money. To my amazement he just kept waving back to me driving off into the distance. I stood there for a moment trying to understand what just happened. That night reflecting in front of the fireplace, I decided to pay-forward this generous gesture and create 19-miracles of the anonymous kind throughout this year, and every year. Small miracles that I can do for others that will hopefully create an exponential growth of small miracles.

Please share and send me your small stories of miracles and let’s designate the number 19 in our hearts full with love, affection and kindness in the time of this pandemic.

 

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