Hope is in many senses about growth. If we are human then we will age and we will also hopefully learn and grow in wisdom as we get older. We can learn from our mistakes and then we can embrace new patterns of behaviour and thinking.
I want to share with you some of the important lessons I have learnt in lockdown which may help anyone who is struggling. Although lockdown has eased, we are still in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and that must always be borne in mind.
- Material possessions are unimportant. I always placed value on my possessions, however I now value health and family way above these things. Possessions can be replaced, whereas people cannot.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. I think things may not be as important as we sometimes feel they are. For example, hoovering can wait a day, clothes shopping isn’t essential, ironing can wait too.
- People value conversation. At this point in time I believe we as humans need to support one another more than ever. We are in this together.
- Life is precious. I am researching the virus, so I know how it spreads and how to keep myself as safe as possible (in my opinion wearing a mask, avoiding unnecessary trips, avoiding the beach, meeting outside preferably in a garden as much as possible and plenty of hand washing).
- Find activities that can be done at home. It is possible we may have a further lockdown if the R rate increases. I am training myself to enjoy being home more. I like writing (check out Reedsy Prompts), blogging and gardening.
Today’s recipe of hope is to create a lockdown safety plan. This can be done with your family. My family regularly discuss how to keep ourselves safe and we do not take unnecessary risks. We have government guidelines, but at the end of the day I think it is important we try to keep ourselves and other humans safe as much as possible.
Keep safe everyone X