What the Brussels Lockdown Taught Me

I’ve understood intuitively for some time now that my role in life is to be a perception changer. I just couldn’t always express it clearly.
The subjecBilly & Me 2 on G-P Close-up Turquoise Polaroid w LOGOts I can most influence (at this point in my life) are…
  • creating an appreciation of the wonders of Brussels and Belgium — their beauty, culture and people,
  • highlighting the opportunities of expat life
  • the importance of loving caregiving for the dying — putting death back into the circle of life is a societal taboo I feel very strongly about fixing.
But the Brussels Lockdown has taken my intuition a step deeper.
I know there are hard questions to be asked about each of these subjects — and people who need to answer for a lack of action or poor decisions. Yet I also know that it’s not my role to ask these questions. I will help communicate both the questions and the answers, but it’s not me that will be putting people on the spot demanding the answers.
It’s my role to see the positive in a given situation and to communicate the glass-half-full story in order to change people’s perceptions. I’m an optimist.
That doesn’t mean I’m naive, it simply means I will take the time to find the silver lining to the cloud that’s blocking my view of the sun. I choose to be curious, open-minded, and try to see things through new eyes — then help others see them that way.
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I’d say that on this, a day of Thanksgiving for many, that’s something to be thankful for.
PS: To hear my views on living in Brussels during the terrorist threat, check out this interview I did with CBC TV in Toronto, Canada
2 Responses to “What the Brussels Lockdown Taught Me”
  1. Maud Schlich says:

    Hello Wendy,
    the world needs more women like you – live your passion and show it to visitors of Brussels.

    • Wendy Deyell says:

      Thanks so much, Maud! I hope one day you can pop over to Brussels so I can take you for a glass of wine and a wander 🙂

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