Day 48... Sunday 10 May following the unusual Friday holiday to celebrate VE day.
More uncertainty and perhaps a glimmer of hope?
Are we coming out of lockdown? How are we coping? Have we adapted? Are we redefining what is important? As we move into the new 'rules' are we ready to deal change?
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It is wonderful to able to get out into nature. So many people around the world don't have this privilege.
Spend time observing what is going on around you. Should you be using the time in nature to be present or are you watching movies? Yes this is the 'green gym' but it isn't as mind-numbing as being indoors. Really notice and listen, and feel the energy of nature as life continues for the plants and critters regardless of what we are doing and actually easier without our cars, noise and disturbance. Have you noticed how quiet it is?
If having a conversation can you take a walk or do you need to be sitting at your desk? Perhaps you can get out and 'take the air' while you are walking?
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What is being triggered within you when you react to others, and other circumstances. Why are you seeing and / or reacting?
If something comes up, take time to notice it. Observe what is being shown. Be aware of your feelings and responses. Then seek understanding of why you are feeling like that. Is it still relevant or even real? Perhaps it is time to let it go?
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Friday was VE Day and, here in the UK, we had a public holiday on Friday. Whilst this may not seem anything unusual for many parts of the world, it really is here. All our holidays apart from Christmas and New Year, are on the closest Monday, creating long weekends with what we call bank holiday Mondays. It was lovely to see all the socially distant parties as neighbours took tables and bunting into the streets and set up on their driveways to connect and celebrate from their own homes.
World Wars went on for years, ours has been a seven weeks, the times may be different but the disruption to daily life is significant. We are now getting a small taster of how things can change so quickly and become so different.
Me, the prefect mentality and stickler for doing what is right broke out marginally and did some "naughty things", in terms of what is 'allowed' and experienced guilty feelings that came along with the pleasure of connecting, at a distance... This weekend we did some new things:
Seemingly small and very safe things but not technically permissible...
However, VE Day was special and more so as Mum shared photos of her at the victory celebrations, aged about three and a half. It was lovely to have that time across the generations and to reflect on past memories whilst creating new memories.
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