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Kenny Wang

Degree:

MBA

Location:

Australia

Industry:

Energy and Resources

Year:

2019-20

By Kenny Wang

Gratitude during Covid-19

It is without a doubt an incredibly challenging, unprecendented and unimaginable period that humanity is facing today. With all the hardship and difficulty that we are all facing, I wanted to take a moment to practice some gratitude and share with you all various things I am most grateful for.

Breathing in the fresh and crisp air of spring, feeling the rays of sun on my skin and seeing the blue sky.

My wife and I left Perth when it was exiting winter and arrived into the UK as it was entering its winter, which is why we cherish so dearly these simple sensations brought to us by spring!

A photo of a beautiful sunrise from our backyard

My newborn son is happy, healthy and completely oblivious to the coronavirus travesty.

To be able to spend quality time with Henry every day and watch him grow during his first year is a gift.

In the book I’ve read recently by Clayton Christensen, he mentions how quality time spent with your children during their early years is crucial for their cognitive development, and in particular, how much we speak with them. With my wife and I now constantly blabbering to him all day every day, I’m expecting not only for him to become a super baby, but a significant global rise in super babies as parents around the world spend more time at home speaking to their infants!

We have incredible neighbours!

Our neighbours are constantly checking in on us to see how we are doing and offer to walk Hunter (our Dachshund) every other day – thank you. They are an absolute godsend and we could not thank them more. The Southmoor Road neighbours in general are an incredibly supportive and lively bunch that makes this terrible situation feel more hopeful!

Amazon, ASDA, Ocado, Tesco, Deliveroo, Aldens Meatmasters

Thank God for these amazing companies that are making self isolation so much more bearable and comfortable. From delivering everyday essentials to hair clippers (now that my hair is completely out of control!), and from baby products to WINE! Without these companies, I’m not sure how we would have survived past day 1. I admire these companies as a customer and as a student of business, I am very proud of how they have risen to the challenge to serve the community. We love supporting our local businesses, and in particular Aldens Meatmasters, which overnight pivoted to become an online delivery business for fresh meat, vegetables, fruits and essentials at amazing value. For those that live in the Oxford area, please do check them out!

INTERNET!

To seemlessly connect with friends and family, to send and receive crucial information, and to watch Netflix and Youtube.

How f*cked would we be if we did not have the internet during this pandemic?!

Everyone on the frontline fighting this war.

If it weren’t for all the selfless people around the world putting themselves in harms way to protect the rest of us from this virus, and for those that are tirelessly finding ways to fight back, we would be in a whole different world of pain. Thank you.

Invictus by William Robert Henley

Out of the night that covers me,

          Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

          For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

          I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

          My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

          Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

          Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

          How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

          I am the captain of my soul.

 

During these trying times, this poem has helped me find the strength to push forth and carry on, and make use of this extremely challenging period to come out the other end stronger and wiser.

Tough times don’t last, tough people do.

KW.

This blog was originally posted on LinkedIn. View the original post and more from Kenny here.

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