A Sense of Community

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 them J

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