When I started my daily reflections at the beginning
of the Covid-19 lockdown, I never imagined that
I would go to a hundred days, never mind Book Two.
For what started out as a short sprint has now
become a marathon for all of us.
We’ve had to adjust in incredible ways.
Our normal relationships of family, work colleagues
and community have been disassembled
and we have been left floundering, trying to understand
and to recreate ways of living, being and working.
We keep getting different rules that
only increase our uncertainty and stress.
And there is little to address the isolation,
loneliness, sadness and fear that is being felt by so many.
Without a training manual we are having
to rewire our brains, reconfigure our thinking
and reprogram who we are. Some are gradually
adapting but so many are struggling.
In the coming days and weeks and months
don’t shrink into yourself, don’t hide in your bubble
and don’t close your door. Be gentle on yourself
and reach out to others.
We all need to know if you’re learning to cope
with the challenges that are unknown,
the new ways you are discovering, and the
pieces of joy that you found in this difference.
So, as we look out at our world, floundering
with no plan and no certainty, let us each grasp
the opportunity to ask for help, seek support
and reach out in our own way.
Let us remember today, those without internet,
those on their own, the millions of people
directly affected by Covid-19 and the loss of
loved ones. So many are literally trapped.
But many of us are not
so what are we going to do?
Let us all think and act
outside our bubbles.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT EXERCISE
1. How can you be gentle with yourself today?
2. How can you reach out and share with others in a new way?