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Corona Virus

How we are coping with our loved ones and our lives turning upside down

My qualifier is my son, who was about to leave for a six month placement overseas, when we were told no travel allowed,

A new life has been forced on everyone in the world

This situation is out of everyone's control. Usually when a change happens in our lives, we react with fear, or anxiety, or looking back with regret, and wishing it had not happened.

The virus is rampaging through the world; scientists are learning as fast as they can, how to defeat it. No one has the answer yet, but each country is doing the best they can, and our leaders will start to co-operate to fight this common enemy. Wars may stop at least temporarily. Prisoners on remand are being released. People are co-operating. 450,000 people signed up in one day to volunteer to support our NHS. Of course, there is a darker side, thousands of people have died, there is grief and loss for their family and friends.

Initially, I feared my son would regress, but I have been amazed. I am ordered to stay at home, as I am in an at-risk category. He has taken over the shopping, and making attempts to look out for me (new). I even got a bunch of flowers for Mother's day, for the first time in my life (on my credit card), but I was delighted at the thought, and effort.

He cannot meet with his dealer, and seems to have taken this as as opportunity to clean up, A gym has been added to our house, all in one day.

For myself, strangely, I am excited. Whatever comes next, it will not be the same thing, over and over again.

What comes next?

No one knows what comes next, and the lesson for us, is to accept that this is something we cannot change, and if in forced isolation, to find something to be grateful for.

I am grateful for:

My health

My life

The sunshine today

My garden

The possibility of change in our world, for the better

This serenity has only come about because of working the programme.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".

Albert Einstein

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