With lockdown continuing for longer than expected, the gradual easing of restrictions and steps back to a more normal way of life may seem to feel further and further away. It may be helpful for us to try and see some of the good we have experienced along with the many challenges we are living with throughout this global pandemic.
It’s something said that it’s in autumn and winter that trees put down roots. This last almost year of lockdown has felt at time’s like autumn or winter – with restrictions and challenges. So, at a time when we are very aware of the losses, distress and challenges of lockdown and Covid-19, how can we become more able to recognise and be thankful for some of the aspects of lockdown that have led to the possibility of personal growth and encouragement?
For example, has the last year offered us the chance to:
1). Slow down and reflect on our lives – rather than living life at full speed?
2). Pay more attention to the world around us as we perhaps walk more and discover local places of interest and have the chance to look at our local area differently?
3). Make changes in areas of our lives or relationships that need repair or altered direction?
4). Spend time with others such as family, and friends walking and talking. Or perhaps reconnect to important people from the past who we have somehow lost contact with along the way?
5). Break the cycle of buying things we maybe don’t always need? What will we focus our resources and time on after lockdown? Will things return to normal, or will we invest our energies in activities that bring joy and connection to others?
6). Learn new skills such as a language, an instrument, or a skill like wood turning? Will we continue with these new opportunities or will life squeeze these new things out?
7). Continue to communicate differently – such as using video calls, embracing the added immediacy and connection this offers with family and friends.
8). Live and work in new ways – perhaps saving wasted hours and costs of unnecessary commuting? Or even changing job- with more new businesses than ever set up over the last 12 months?
9). Recognise frontline workers not only in health and social care, but also in shops, care homes, nurseries, factories, cleaning and those who pick and home deliver food – with so many more people in jobs that have often been underpaid and under recognised previously.
10). Re-discover our sense of community – with people setting up local social media groups, or volunteering and helping neighbours with practical help.
11). Cook sometimes from raw ingredients rather than just heating things up – and noticing the difference.
12). Live life in greener ways -with more walking and cycling and less driving.
13). Remember some of the things we knew as children through taking part in home schooling – as well as realising the tough job teachers have.
14). Spend time with children -where they are part of our lives.
Finally have we recognised any other things we can be thankful for – people, health, our local area, neighbours, work, opportunities, family and friends?
What are you thankful for?
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The Living Life to the Full Team.