Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice… We are mistaken when we compare war with ‘normal life’. Life has never been normal.CS Lewis in 1939
When I first started thinking about my April post a few weeks ago I had zero idea what was around the corner. Sure I had heard about Coronavirus and seen the early containment in China but I had not anticipated how quickly the virus would spread. And I don’t think I was alone. I continued life in blissful ignorance. More fool me.
And so here we are. In a world all changed. A world with numerous restrictions which only seem to get stricter with every day. A world where most shops are closed, where supermarket shelves are often empty, and where we’re mandated to be socially distant.
I notice my mind is full of ideas and wonderings, but just like the virus I need containment! I’m not sure I have anything very profound (or even that useful) to say at this very moment. I feel I am still in shock. I’m trying to find my feet in this strange new world whilst being with my fears and anxieties. I reckon that’s a pretty ok place to be.
There has been so much change, so quickly, it’s only natural to be reeling. It would be very odd to not let what has happened wobble us a fair bit. There are so many unknowns, so much uncertainty. It’s going to take some time to acclimatise. The situation has exposed how precious and precarious our existence is, no matter how much we believe it not to be so. Life is a true blessing, a gift for us to treasure with every day.
I am going to try (yes try) to not look too far ahead (a real challenge for a planner like me). None of us truly know (or have really ever known) what the future holds. I’ll end with some lyrics from one of my favourite song, “Sometimes just the sky” by Mary Chapin Carpenter. I often turn to this song for comfort and inspiration. I hope it helps (a little).
“And sometimes church bells
Trees and seasons
Marking times gone by
Sometimes starlings swell
Some tidal moons
And filled up eyes
Sometimes everything at once
But sometimes just the sky
Sometimes just the sky”
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