I think that it is safe to presume that we are ALL wearing either our PJ’s or our tracky bums plus a cosy cashy (our family slang for cashmere jumper) during this unprecedented lockdown.

Now, I must admit that whilst it is very tempting to stay in your pyjamas ALL day long, having a hot shower and getting ready for the day really helps to lift one’s mood, even if you’re only changing into your gym knit. It makes me feel a little less slovenly, for at least I’m dressed and ready to head out for my daily walk.

Now more than ever before, it is SO important to get out at least once a day to connect with the Natural World around us. Otherwise, it is far too easy to fall down the rabbit hole of despair, especially if you’re dipping into the news all day long which certainly makes for GRIM reading.

I find that getting out for some fresh air and looking up at the sky and seeing a bird fly, or looking at the stars in the night’s sky really helps to put everything in perspective. It makes me feel SO small and insignificant, yet an integral part of this Beautiful Planet that provides us home.

And, whilst this time is hard, it is up to each of us to turn this crisis into an opportunity. After all,  as Winston Churchill once said: “Never Let a Good Crisis go to Waste.” So what do you hope to achieve during this unique time?

For some of us that will mean becoming more creative, or connecting with our kids and Loved ones more. Perhaps some of us will  finally write that book we’ve always wanted to write. Whichever way you decide to go, it’s best not to squander this chance for when will we ever get it again? This is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something that you have always wanted to.

Have you all read Kitty O’Meara’s poem about the pandemic? Its about the silver linings that come out of disasters. For those of you who haven’t read it, please find it below. It’s a simple yet poignant portrayal of hope during these challenging times:

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows.

And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.”

Let’s hope that her words are Prescient and we all take this time to appreciate the Magnificence of Mother Nature, for without this Beautiful planet that provides us home, we literally have nothing.

In many ways it rather feels like 2020 will be remembered as the year that Nature fought back to remind us of Who is really in charge. If world leaders come together to realise that the only way to Save Us is to Save Her, that will truly be the Greatest Silver Lining that comes out of this time! X





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