As lockdown continues to test us here in the UK, I have
found myself going a little stir-crazy.
I have baked, I have cooked, I have meditated, I have taken
part in workshops, I have continued my job search, I have indulged in bubble
baths, I have had a glass of wine (or two, or three…), I have exercised, I have
read books, I have laughed, I have cried, I have felt relaxed, I have felt
angry, I have watched TV, I have played board games, I have napped.
I have done ALL of the things.
And yet, no matter how much I try to pursue the route of
distraction, I can’t quite guarantee how I will feel on any given day.
Sometimes I wake up feeling energised knowing that I will
get through this, and sometimes I feel like I’ll never reach the light at the
end of the tunnel.
I have no doubt that these ups and downs are something that
we’re all experiencing and becoming somewhat accustomed to!
One thing that never fails to lift my heart, though, is the
sense of community that is becoming ever present as we isolate ourselves from
the outside world.
It’s evident on social media, as we FaceTime with friends and
family for the first time, and the other day it even landed on our doorstep.
A leaflet was delivered telling us about some local
residents who had taken the initiative to create a volunteering group,
providing support to those that need it during these trying times.
I signed up and offered to help, but I realised that up
until that point I hadn’t engaged in adding to the sense of community that is
such a source of comfort for me at the moment.
Have you looked into the ways in which you can serve your community?
The world can feel like a scary place at the best of times,
and that feeling is heightened for many right now, but we must always remember
that there are so many kind-hearted and lovely people in the world that will
always make it a better place to be – let’s all do our bit and try to be one of