Thought for Sunday: We have passed one year of going into lockdown. Many conversations being shared about what we have learnt from this year, about the way we live, what we have missed and being grateful for our lives.
Going back out into work, into society, into the world will probably become more usual than we would want very quickly. We pick up on old habits, deeply ingrained of getting up, getting ready for work, heading our in the car, catching the train, bus, plane and heading off to work. An old habit that will fit with us like a comfort blanket , a remembered pattern of being and doing.
I hope we carry the good things with us as we return into the outside world - a slightly daunting prospect to be fair, having become used to the four walls of home.
I like so many cannot wait to be with my family and friends and hold them tight in a warm hug but can we also hold on to the good that came from slowing down, time to reflect, time with the family in our home, less pollution, a new way of working, a realisation that we can make quick and flexible decisions- you will all have your own thoughts on what was good for you to remember from the past year, without forgetting how many have lost their lives, their livelihoods, their loved ones.
We are far from out of the woods as yet but I remind us all of the importance of remaining present. Enjoying this day. Giving thanks for this day and making it as good a day as we can wherever we are in the world and giving thanks. This is a long road and we are only en route to the journeys end
“The sun himself is weak when he first rises,and gathers strength and courage as the day gets in” - Charles Dickens